Published Jan 05, 2012Obsessively buzzed-about rapper Azealia Banks broke through with her blog hits "Liquorice" and "212" in 2011, and as those who care wait for her to announce what label she's running with, the artist has bitten back against her detractors. Across various mediums, the artist has recently taken shots against Kreayshawn and XL Recordings.
The first beef started on Twitter after Kreayshawn shared a link to Banks' "212" video. Linking it from a porn site, however, suggested it was a subliminal diss, so Banks replied, ""@KREAYSHAWN you're a dumb bitch. And you can't rap. I'll sit on your face. ... Fall back slut." To this, Kreayshawn replied, "Did I just get smashed on twitter because I was supporting a fellow female? I sure did...*confused*... Come on you mad because I retweeted your link? Because I like your music? Pffff get outta here! Not a fan anymore."
Later, Banks added, "From now on I will no longer react to any shade thrown my way. Especially if said shade thrower is trying to be subliminal and sideways...Subliminal shots are #pussy .... And not the good kind..."
Similarly, Banks had a lot to say about her experiences with XL Recordings. Speaking with Self-Titled Mag [via The Daily Swarm], Banks recounted her time in the label's head office with the following statement:
As soon as I started putting out tracks I was getting attention. Diplo kept talking about me, and that's when XL hit me up. They flew me out to London, and the original idea was to have me work with [label founder] Richard Russell, and I got signed to this development deal. Richard was cool, but as soon as I didn't want to use his beats, it got real sour. He wound up calling me 'amateur' and shit, and the XL interns started talking shit about me. It just got real fucking funny. I was like, 'I didn't come here for a date. I came here to cut some fucking records.' I got turned off on the music industry and disappeared for a bit. I went into a bit of a depression.
Then, speaking with the BBC, she added, "I was like, this is not what I worked so hard my entire life to do -- to be rejected by some English guy in West Bumblefrickin' nowhere London, telling me I'm amateur or something like that. So I just said, 'Screw you!'"
In other words, there's a lot of hate being thrown from the Azealia Banks camp. The one upside is that she also tweeted confirmation that she'll be playing Coachella this year.
Thanks to Pitchfork for the tip.