Azealia Banks’ Best Social Media Rants on Specific Subjects
Azealia Banks is one of the most opinionated rappers in hip-hop and isn't afraid to voice her thoughts on social media. She is never one to bite her tongue and has used social media to give her two cents on a myriad of topics from music to social issues such as Nicki Minaj's wax figure in Las Vegas, Australian concertgoers and Rachel Dolezal. Some may think her Twitter tirades are harming her image and want her to retire her account but others may applaud her willingness to be human and speak on difficult topics without a filter.
We compiled a collection of Banks' recent viewpoints on topics. Click next to below to view them.
Azealia Banks on Nicki Minaj's wax statue
Nicki Minaj was immortalized in Madame Tussaud’s wax museum in Las Vegas. The rap star's wax figure is of her from a scene in her record breaking “Anaconda” video where she's on her hands and knees. Azealia Banks thinks the statue isn't so flattering.
“Wow, they finally give nicki minaj a wax figure and it’s a statue of her bent over on all fours…… White people yo….,” she wrote. She added, “As much as that woman has accomplished, they had to put her on all fours… Why not standing up with a mic in her hand ???”
Azealia Banks on Australian Concertgoers
Following Azealia Banks' performance at the Splendour in the Grass festival in Byron Bay, Australia, the rapper took to Twitter to rip concertgoers in Australia after Brisbane radio host Paul “Browny” Brown tweeted a snarky comment about Banks’ short set.
"Because in all actuality," tweeted Banks. “You guys are terrible crowds to play for. You’re violent and belligerent and I simply will not put my safety at risk.
Azealia Banks on Action Bronson's Ghostface Beef
Banks and Bronson exchanged vicious words on Twitter last year. Last December, Twitter turned into the wild wild West after a fan asked Azealia how she felt about white rappers that did have skills like Action Bronson. This sparked a sour note for Bronson and ignited the Queens MC to fire off a series of ferocious tweets at Banks, which he later deleted. The following day, artists like Q-Tip and Tyler, the Creator sent tweets out voicing their opinion on the situation. Banks later went off on Bronson, revealing the Mr.Wonderful MC was apparently trying to apologize to her through outside parties instead of addressing her directly.
Read that rant here.
Azealia Banks on BET Awards
After the 2015 BET Awards nominations were announced, Banks went on a Twitter rant. She bashed the BET Awards, Nicki Minaj fans and urban media.
Azelia Banks on Rachel Dolezal
The saga surrounding former Spokane, Wash. NAACP President Rachel Dolezal—the White woman who has been claiming to be Black for years now—is one of the most bizarre stories of 2015. Hip-hop went ballistic when the news first broke, her ex-fiance apparently penned more than one rap song in her honor, Twitter exploded with #AskRachel memes and both Killer Mike and Talib Kweli spoke out about her in the national media. Azealia Banks spoke on Rachel Dolezal via twitter. "Ok and this is it: why must one become a caricature of a black person to associate themselves with blackness/black institutions," she said "Rachel could've just been a white person working for the naacp and everything would've been fine. Why the kinky wig and tangerine tan."
Azealia Banks on Kendrick Lamar’s Ferguson Comments
In an interview with Billboard, Kendrick Lamar spoke about Michael Brown’s murder at the hands of a white police officer:
“What happened to [Michael Brown] should’ve never happened. Never. But when we don’t have respect for ourselves, how do we expect them to respect us? It starts from within. Don’t start with just a rally, don’t start from looting — it starts from within.”
Banks didn't like Kendrick's answer and said it was "the dumbest shit I've ever heard a black man say"
Azealia Banks on T.I.'s Single "Mediocre"
T.I. and Azealia Banks's beef originated when Iggy made the 2012 XXL Freshman Class. After Azealia went off on Twitter, T.I. suggested in a radio interview that Azealia should mind her own business: “If you spend half of your day getting money and the other half of your day counting money, you ain’t got no time in your day to worry about nobody else.”
Azealia told Tip to stay in his lane and then went on to explain her initial comments, via another Twitter rant.
“@tip you corny for that one. LMFAOO how u a grown man commenting on what’s going on between two girls. Come on son. Stop it.
… This situation is really funny to me. It’s not like I said some foul out of the water shit about iggy azalea… I questioned her artistic integrity because of insensitive lyrics. Its not like I made bullshit some up and came at her head. In fact the issue wasn’t even really her. The issue was xxl. Why were the only three females nominated for that cover kreayshawn, v-nasty and iggy? Where was Rapsody, or nitty Scott, or Angel Haze? But y’all niggas don’t hear me tho. Lol I think what’s even more interesting about this, is how unable iggy is to explain herself. T.i can’t even explain for her. Those r my last comments about it. The Internet is making me look like a villain.”
Fast forward to last June, Banks goes in on T.I.’s new single “Mediocre,” calling his wife, Tiny, mediocre and a plethora of other names. Both Tip and Tiny responded on Instagram. In an interview with Hot 97, Banks went off on the ATL rapper, calling him a shoe shining coon.
“Here you got fucking coon head ass T.I. – like T.I., you fucking out here trying to promote this fucking white bitch and then got your wife on VH1 and that bitch can’t fucking read. You understand? You got your priorities fucked up. That’s really how I fucking feel about you. You a fucking shoeshining coon. How dare you?”
Watch that interview here.
Azealia Banks on the Current State of Hip-Hop
Banks shared her thoughts on the state of hip-hop, saying the genre "is turning into a Minstrel Show. It’s really really sad.” Banks appeared to join the current conversation about the culture that was sparked by Dame Dash and Chuck D, who have similar thoughts on the music’s direction.
Check out what she had to say here.
Azealia Banks on Eminem's Shady CXVPHER
Azealia Banks ripped Eminem, who rapped about punching Lana Del Rey in Em's “Shady CXVPHER” alongside Slaughterhouse and Yelawolf. After threatening to punch him in the face on Twitter, Banks chopped it up with The Daily Beast to discuss her rise to fame and her disgust for Eminem.
“This is a dude who raps about killing his mother,” said Banks of Eminem’s consistent use of misogynistic lyrics. “And I think it’s casually OK that you eat Hot Pockets and suck on your sister’s titty. That’s casual in the trailer park, right? What’s up? I really don’t care. I’m not trying to fuck Eminem, and I don’t need anything from Eminem. Didn’t he also have a song where a black girl broke his heart and he was calling her a ‘nigger’ and all that shit? OK, Eminem.”
Azealia Banks on Obama
In an interview with Billboard, Banks discusses her desire for POTUS. “He’s so fine. Those big-ass white teeth and ears hanging off his head? I’m like, ‘Oh my god, I want to f– the President,” said Banks. After some time to consider her statements following the buzz made over the sound bite, the Harlem rapper went on Twitter to voice her regrets about the statement, which she said was a joke.
Read that rant here.
Azealia Banks on Iggy Azalea's Silence After the Eric Garner Verdict
Azealia and Iggy have been going at it for the last three years. Azealia hates everything about Iggy and it all sparked when the Australian rapper was selected to be on the cover of the 2012 XXL Freshman Class.
After a Staten Island grand jury cleared NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo for the chokehold death of Eric Garner, Azealia Banks took to Twitter to let her fans know how disgusted she was with the mistreatment of Black lives in America. Initially expressing heart felt messages towards Black youth, urging anyone with Black ancestry to get in touch with their roots and educate themselves. She even helplessly questioned, “Why does this country want us to hate ourselves so much?” The Harlem rapper then set her eyes on her favorite target, Iggy Azalea.
See her rant here.
Azealia Banks on Black Media
Azealia went off on a Twitter rant against Black Media. She claims that Black media outlets and urban publications are ruining her image and don't support Black Female Artists.
“I beg black media publications to stop covering Azealia Banks. You have done the MOST to damage my brand,” Banks wrote via Twitter. “Black men are allowed to fuck up, rape people, murder people, have sex with underage people,” she said, “and hip-hop will still support their shit.”
See her rant here.
Azealia on Rihanna
Azealia has been openly throwing shade at Rihanna since RiRi's eighth album, Anti dropped back in February of 2016. As Rihanna went on tour, Azealia went online, specifically Instagram to make fun of the "Work" singer's dance moves.
Azealia Encourages Iggy Azalea To Commit Suicide
As Iggy Azalea started the press run for her sophomore album, she went on the J Cruz show and talked about having suicidal thoughts last year when she felt like the entire industry was ganging up on her. In response to that, Azealia called Iggy a slave master and encouraged her to "drive the slave truck off a cliff."