Banks’ meteoric rise to fame started in late 2011 when she released ground-breaking single ‘212’ to critical acclaim, 2012 saw her hype continue to grow and grow… until 2013 arrived.
It took only 4 days of the new year for Azealia’s twitter beef campaign to get underway. January 4th saw Banks tweet “seriously, if you were not born and raised in NY… DON’T CLAIM NY. YOU ARE NOT A NEW YORKER.” Fellow up-and-coming female rapper Angel Haze interpreted this as a personal attack; Haze was born in Michigan and had semi-recently released a track entitled ‘New York’. Haze responded with “You don’t want this to fade off Twitter. So knock it off before you get shanked through your iridescent bubble jacket @AZEALIABANKS.” Numerous insults were then exchanged, the highlight being Haze’s “charcoal skinned bitch” remark. This pedantic back-and-forth continued with multiple ‘diss’ songs exchanged, just as the hype began to die down however…
*Ding Ding* enter Azealia’s next opponent. Perez Hilton, celebrity blogger and all round gossip whore. Hilton took Haze’s side in the feud, which resulted in Banks labelling him as a “messy faggot”. Aww hell no! An all out shit-storm was now abrew as GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) kicked up a major ruckus at the slur. Banks defended her statements as merely “street language”, with no homophobic intentions and after a few weeks the dust had settled.
Step up to the Azealia Banks beef BBQ, Baauer! Producer of the ‘Harlem Shake’ track and the spark behind the brief Youtube phenomenon which saw the world enthralled with the use of a simple jump cut. Banks decided to put her own spin on the song, using Baauer’s beat she released her own version of the ‘Harlem Shake’ via her Soundcloud page. Bauuer swiftly had the track taken down. Banks reacted to this by going completely absolutely apeshit…
Calling the producer a “faggot” (original), a “pussy”, proposing that he and his dance music friends “grab each others dicks in a circle jerk” and telling him to “drown in his faggotry.”
Yes. I know.
Azealia then proceeded to record a music video for her ‘Harlem Shake’, despite what Bauuer describes as asking her “nicely” not to do so. Watch her ‘ Harlem Shake’ music video for the song here.
The dust had barely settled from this incident when she continued her trail of abuse.
Next up were heated disputes with singer Rita Ora stemming from the topic of ‘jelly sandals’ (the fuck?), and rapper Iggy Azealea whom she described as “a bitch with cystic acne and no label” and a “pizza face”. Charming as per usual.
These last incidents pale however, to her recent altercation with none other than The Stone Roses, wut?
The greying, legendary English rockers currently share the bill at Future Music Festival with Azealia. During the festival’s stint at Sydney’s Randwick Racecourse on Saturday 9th March, things went awry between the two acts, to say the least… Whilst Banks was on stage, technicians apparently began soundcheck for the Stone Rose’s upcoming set whilst she was in the middle of hers. As you can imagine, she was not a happy chappy.
Taking her frustration to the twitterverse, she declared her ex-tour manager had “made a pact with the Stone Roses to sabotage my set because I fired him.” Her rant continued with gems such as;
“Wow! I must really fucking be a superstar”
“You’ve got an established band trying to sabotage my lil rap bitch shine… A bunch of old white men trying to bully a young black girl… Fuck those old saggy white n***ers stone roses. I wish them nothing but excrement and death.”
She also claims singer Ian Brown “charged” at her backstage, and that she’s “more rock and roll than him.”
One thing is for sure, Azealia gives absolutely zero fucks. On one hand, her attitude is rather admirable. Her ruthless self defence and stick it to the man-ness would be a lot more tolerable if it weren’t so damn repetitive, vain, pointless and flat out annoying as shit! She should probably stick to working in the studio rather than waging online wars against anybody who’ll listen. Her latest single ‘Young Rapunxel’ is a testament to this. I can’t go 45 seconds without turning it off, it’s an aural cluster-fuck of chaotic nothingness that drains my will to live. Still failing to top her initial hit ‘212’, Banks should get back to the studio and take on board the wisdom of her hip hop predecessors: “Check yourself, before you wreck yourself.”
Listen to ‘Young Rapunxel’ below and tell me what you think? Am I wrong? You be the judge. But i’m sure everyone will agree when I ask her to kindly, shut the fuck up! Please??!!