The journey to Azealia Banks' Hot 97 interview has been long and winding. Her dislike of Aussie rapper Iggy Azalea is well documented and her penchant for speaking her mind is, in some ways, the Harlem rapper's trademark.
The latest saga in Azealia versus Azalea reached new heights on Hot 97's Ebro In The Morning, when Azealia Banks publically took Iggy Azalea's entire existence and reduced it to one statement: "Iggy Azalea is not excellent".
Timeline of the Iggy Azalea v Azealia Banks feud
September 12, 2011 – Harlem Rapper Azealia Banks drops "212"
September 28, 2011 – Azealia Banks releases mixtape "Ignorant Art"
February 2012 – XXL Reveals Cover for Freshman Class featuring Iggy Azalea
March 2012 – Azalea Banks tweets: "How can you endorse a white woman who called herself a runaway slave master?" and "I'm not anti white girl, but I'm also not here for any1 (sic) outside of my culture trying to trivialize some very serious aspects of it." This is in reference to Iggy Azalea’s track D.R.U.G.S. where she raps the lyrics "When it really starts I’m a runaway slave-master"
December 4, 2014
its funny to see people Like Igloo Australia silent when these things happen... Black Culture is cool, but black issues sure aren't huh?— CATTY NOIR (@AZEALIABANKS) December 4, 2014
CLEARLY your CONCERN is finding any reason to promote shade, trolling, fan fights and memes. I know you guys by now, you don't fool me.— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) December 4, 2014
December 18, 2014
Azealia Banks appears on Hot 97's Ebro In the Morning
December 19, 2014
Special msg for banks: There are many black artists succeeding in all genres. The reason you haven't is because of your piss poor attitude.— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) December 19, 2014
you created your own unfortunate situation by being a bigot and don't have the mental capacity to realize yet. Probably never will.— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) December 19, 2014
Itchy Areola, you are so stupid and selfish to make any of this about yourself in particular,— CATTY NOIR (@AZEALIABANKS) December 19, 2014
At around 13:00 Azalea Banks begins crying as she speaks about the deaths of Eric Garner, Mike Brown, and Trayvon Martin. "At the very f**kin least ya'll owe me the right to my identity and to not exploit that sh*t."
Nevermind the damage that Azealia Banks has done to her own brand and career; she is right. She is right about Iggy Azalea and she is right to be angry about the state of hip hop music.
Imagine you had one of the biggest independent singles of the last decade. Imagine your debut album gets shelved for three years while you watch someone who called themselves a "slave master" achieve mainstream success in the rap game. Then imagine that person stole your name (you know, the one you were born with), and made no effort to truly involve themselves in the culture they were profiting from.
The knowledge that we live in an age where Macklemore won Best Rap Album for The Heist and Kendrick Lamar took home nothing for good kid, m.A.A.d city at last year's Grammy awards is telling. It should make anyone angry that Kendrick Lamar was raised poor in Compton and put his entire soul into good kid but still lost out to a guy rapping about thrifting.
Iggy Azalea's presence in the rap community is problematic at best and damaging at worst. She, as an artist, is not mindful or skilled enough to navigate the cultural minefield that her place in the industry represents.
Azealia Banks may not be the most polite, or refined voice in the industry but she speaks to a very obvious truth. We have to do something about our obsession with Iggy Azalea.