Fans hoping to see the current feud between rap newcomers Iggy Azealia and Azealia Banks end may need to look no further than Harlem’s A$AP Rocky who feels both femcees should consider collaborating.
While Iggy’s speculated boyfriend did not spend much time on the topic, he did say the rappers’ publicized beef should look up at bigger and better things.
“I don’t really got nothin’ to say about that situation, that ain’t got nothin’ to do with me,” Rocky said laughing. “I know both of ‘em, that’s all I do is know both of ‘em.” Banks and Rocky both hail from Harlem, New York, and he and Iggy have been linked romantically, though neither will confirm a relationship. “I know both of ‘em, and I feel like they shouldn’t be beefin’. They both comin’ up; they need to get along,” Rock said. “I think they’d make a dope song together, personally.” (MTV)
Back in March, Rocky suggested Banks’ issues with Iggy had race-related influence.
“They gotta cut it out. That’s bullsh*t. Iggy is not racist,” A$AP Rocky promised in an interview. “Trust me, truuusst me. That’s some bullsh*t. I think that’s petty for Azealia because, come on, don’t pick on her because she’s White. That’s a low blow.” (Punch Bowl Blog)
A few weeks ago, Iggy issued a statement over a controversial lyric from her “D.R.U.G.S.” record, which seemingly sparked a fuse toward Banks.
“Im writing you today to address a lyric I said a few months ago in one of my songs that I feel has been used to unfairly slander my character and paint me as a racist person. Kendrick Lamar is one of my favorite artists and I loved his song ‘Look Out for Detox’ so much I decided to do my own version of it last year. The lyrics I wrote follow the original version closely; One lyric in particular has offended a lot of people and for that, I apologize. The artist’s lyric was: “when the relay starts I’m a runway slave” My lyric was: “when the relay starts I’m a runaway slave…Master, sh*tting on the past gotta spit it like a pastor This is a metaphoric take on an originally literal lyric, and I was never trying to say I am a slave owner.” [sic] (Miss Jia)
The verse struck a cord with Azealia who used it to blast Iggy’s accolade as one of XXL Magazine’s Freshmen ’12 picks.
“Iggy Azalea on the XXL freshman list is all wrong,” remarked Banks on Twitter. “How can you endorse a white woman who called herself a ‘runaway slave master’?” She continued, “Sorry guys. But I’m pro black girl. I’m not anti white girl, but I’m also not here for any1 outside of my culture trying to trivialize very serious aspects of it.” Iggy, who is affiliated with T.I.‘s Grand Hustle family, did not personally address the comments, but did respond to her critics. “You can’t block my blessings! Today I’m celebrating! Get with it or kick rocks!” she tweeted. “First female freshman. Ever. Period. Thanks world! I used to stick XXL on my bedroom door, now I’m on the cover. Life is great.” (Rap-Up)
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