There’s no shortage of feuds in Hollywood, as evidenced by the years-long beefs of the likes of Cardi B and Nicki Minaj and Drake and Meek Mill, but nobody in hip-hop is on the feud list as often as Azealia Banks.
The ‘212’ rapper has been involved in many feuds throughout her career, and most of the time she’s the main instigator. For starters, she once stabbed Cardi B, calling her “the poor man’s Nicki Minaj,” and she even went so far as to claim that she’s an “illiterate, untalented rat,” according to Paper Magazine. In 2017, Banks — who is a known supporter of former President Donald Trump — called out on Rihanna for speaking out against the Muslim ban. “As for Rihanna (who isn’t a citizen and can’t vote) and all the other celebrities who are using their influence to shake up the public, you really REALLY need to shut up and sit down,” Banks said at the time, per Billboard. She even became embroiled in a feud with actor Russell Crowe, who she claimed assaulted and hurled racial slurs at her. The singer-songwriter filed a lawsuit against the actor, but it was later dropped due to a lack of evidence, according to Essence.
Banks was also known for repeatedly spitting insults at fellow rapper Iggy Azalea. They were involved in an online brawl for years until it ended in 2017 when they collaborated on a project.
Azealia Banks had an ax to grind with Iggy Azalea
It turns out that Azaelia Banks wasn’t a fan of Iggy Azalea to begin with. In 2012, when the “Fancy” singer was still fairly new to the scene, she was featured on the cover of XXL magazine’s “Freshman,” which Banks contradicted at the time. In 2012, Azalea was nominated for a Grammy, and Banks ranted for minutes about how black rappers tend to lose out to white artists and how Azalea appropriates black culture.
“That Iggy Azalea s*** ain’t no better than any damn black girl rapping these days, you know? When they give out these awards — because the Grammys are supposed to be awards for artistic excellence, you know what I mean?” she told Hot 97, per Popsugar. “Iggy Azalea isn’t excellent.” Azalea isn’t one to back down, responded on Twitter, saying that Banks does not receive awards for her behavior.”Special message to Banks: There are many black artists who are successful in all genres. The reason you haven’t is your bad attitude,” wrote she tweeted in a now-deleted series, “Your inability to be responsible for your own mistakes, to bully others, inability to be humble or have self-control. That’s them!”
Their feud reached a climax when Banks encouraged Azalea to commit suicide. In 2016, Azalea opened up to J Cruz about suicidal thoughts, and the clip was shared on The Shade Room via XXL. Banks, who deleted her Twitter account at the time, commented, “YAAS slave master, drive this slave truck right out of the ravine.” Needless to say, fans were upset by the whole affair.
Iggy Azalea and Azealia Banks ended their falling out with a collab
Iggy Azalea and Azealia Banks’ feud got incredibly complicated, but the two managed to settle their differences once and for all. In 2017 they joined forces and collaborated on a track if you can believe it.
Azalea took to social media to announce that Banks would be part of her album Digital Distortion, and cautioned fans that she knew not everyone would understand her decision. “Public service announcement, Azealia will be on DD. We work together. Burn your wigs now or keep them in your freezer for release day,” she said on Snapchat, per AP News. Taking to Twitter, she revealed that she went in this direction to eliminate negativity in her life. “I don’t expect you to understand why I would work with someone who has publicly said they hope I die,” she wrote. “It’s been something extremely negative for so long, if there’s a way to make it positive and also be creative together, I’m there for it.”
Banks seemed willing to bury the hatchet, too, but only if Azalea was also willing to educate herself about racial privilege. “I think real reconciliation can happen once there’s some acknowledgment of what hip-hop was trying to say to her. I still don’t think she understands the impact of her racial privilege and the socioeconomic impact it has on a marginalized group of women’s culture,” she told XXL. “Race aside, this is a women’s issue too. to discuss it openly.”