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Azealia Banks and Cardi B

Emiliano Soto, A&E Editor

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Azealia Banks is a Harlem based rapper. She burst out onto the rap scene with her breakout hit “212” back in 2012. Since its release, Azealia Banks has become quite a polarizing public figure. Infamous for her many twitter beefs (including and not limited to Rihanna, Zayn Malik and even 13 year old Skai Jackson). Most recently, Banks appeared on the radio show Breakfast Club and was asked about upcoming rapper Cardi B. During the interview, Banks had this to say: 

“Two years ago, the conversation surrounding black women’s culture was really reaching an all-time high,”  said Banks,  referring to Knowles sisters, Beyoncé’s and Solange’s  and their 2016 albums, Lemonade and A Seat at the Table. “There was just this really, really, really intelligent conversation going on nationally and then everything just kind of changed and then it was like Cardi B.” 

After the interview, Cardi B took to Instagram live to defend herself on the matter. Accusing Banks of skin bleaching and touching up on the media portraying her as a role model despite her wishes.  

Banks then took to Instagram to put the argument to rest with a lengthy response. In which Banks refers to Cardi as “illiterate” and compares the Bronx star to a “big toe”. She continues by commenting on Cardi’s newfound embracement of her black heritage. Claiming it only came once she began to create Rap & trap music.  

“…From what I know, you only recently began to identify as black once you became a part of hip-hop (which) made you feel pressure to represent the women you so often called ‘burnt’, ‘bald-headed roaches.” said Banks about Cardi B via Instagram. 

Cardi’s response to this post was met with a deletion of her Instagram.  

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