Azealia Banks was the last performer I saw before the lockdown in March, as she was a special guest of the always decadent Sex Cells. The famous rapper gave a terrific and short performance, although she came on stage at a crazy late hour, making everyone wait for hours like the mermaid queen she is. But nobody complained, you don’t mess up with Azealia, she is dreadful, and also known for her feuds with… basically everybody. If you look at her Wikipedia page, the list of celebrities in the controversies section is endless, she has had a fight with everybody.
She has been once again in the middle of a fight, but I must admit that all the feuds between all these women fighting on Instagram or Twitter become more and more complicated to follow. A few days ago, Dr. Dre was interviewed by British GQ, and part of what he said couldn’t have been more appropriate for what is happening here. Dre said that he hates social media because they had destroyed the artists’ mystique. There’s certainly no more mystique when we get every single piece of information regarding the lives of all these pop/rap stars, all the details of their feuds and beyond.
This new controversy involves Azealia Banks, Doja Cat, Nicki Minaj, Dave Chapelle, but there is also a relationship with Lana Del Rey and Cardi B, and who knows who else? So follow me, if I can go through this:
In 2015, Doja Cat recorded a song titled ‘Dindu Nuffin,’ a title which is also an alt-right message board-conceived term that mocks the dialect of black victims of police brutality (‘Didn’t do nothing’). It looks very bad but it was in 2015 so why mention it now? The song resurfaced when Doja Cat got her first Billboard No 1. for the ‘Say So’ remix with Nicki Minaj just two weeks ago. She came under fire and was officially ‘canceled’ on Twitter, but took on social media to apologize as people always do. But what about Nicki Minaj who remixed the song of this traitor? This didn’t get unnoticed by Azealia Banks’ eagle eye, and the rapper attacked her with a vitriolic commentary:
‘Another thing that I find fucking funny, Nicki, is for all the fucking mouth you have for Cardi B for talking shit about black women, now you quiet because you got your little number one with this white bitch,’ said Banks. ‘You a pussy ass bitch for that. You should’ve got right on that Queen Radio and you put that bitch down in the ground where the fuck she belongs. Now I’m looking back at it, you was just jealous of Cardi. You was just jealous because she’s got more swag than you.’
So far I haven’t seen any response from Minaj, but she better be quiet if she doesn’t want another punch in the face by Azealia Banks, who, when she was at it dropped this other bomb: ‘I have actually fucked a lot of fucking very powerful fucking men. I should ruin your fucking marriage, I should tell the world we fucked. What the fuck I’m keeping secrets from y’all n***as for? Nah, Dave Chappelle can fuck me again. That was some good black dick.’
I don’t think the original posts are still there, but it was the talk of Twitter/IG and since Azealia has the reputation of telling the truth, people believe her, or not… As for Chapelle, he hasn’t tweeted anything since 2012.
Although Azealia never mentioned Lana Del Rey, The Born-To-Die singer is also more or less connected to this story because she posted a so-called controversial Instagram post that was name-checking several of these same female artists, including Doja Cat and Nicki Minaj, but also Ariana Grande, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Kehlani, and Beyoncé. Del Rey was nevertheless addressing her critiques, asking to her public, in a nutshell, why wouldn’t she be able to talk about her fucked-up relationships without being accused of glamorizing abuse, if female other artists are talking about sex very crudely.
‘Now that Doja Cat, Ariana, Camila, Cardi B, Kehlani and Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé have had number ones with songs about being sexy, wearing no clothes, [having sex], cheating, etc — can I please go back to singing about being embodied, feeling beautiful by being in love even if the relationship is not perfect, or dancing for money — or whatever I want — without being crucified or saying that I’m glamorizing abuse???????’ she wrote on her IG.
Since all the artists she named were female of color, Lana Del Rey was canceled on Twitter too, and labeled ‘racist,’ just like Doja Cat. Of course, she defended herself again, with another pile of social media posts. What a mess these stories are, this has turned to a series of aburdities, the mystique is definitively gone.
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