Azealia Banks: ‘I’m the Best Female in Hip-Hop’

Azealia Banks

Modesty has never been Azealia Banks’ strong suit. The Harlem rapper has come under fire again after declaring herself the “best female in hip-hop.”

The unapologetic Banks, notorious for her feuds with her peers including Iggy Azalea, T.I., Rita Ora, and Angel Haze, took to Twitter to proclaim her greatness.

“I’m the best female in hip-hop. Sorry, not sorry. I’m better than most of you niggas too. Real Talk,” tweeted the “212” hitmaker.

She followed it with an explanation. “I’m the only new female rapper with her own voice. All the other girls are doing the post-nicki minaj thing,” she said.

Banks, whose debut Broke With Expensive Taste has been repeatedly delayed, also recently pleaded for her label to release her. “I’m literally begging to be dropped from Universal,” she tweeted. “Universal needs to just hand me over to another label who knows what to do with me.”

She added, “I’m tired of having to consult a group of old white guys about my black girl craft. they don’t even know what they’re listening for or to … Can someone at Sony buy me off of Universal please?? i’m really in hell here.”

After her single “ATM Jam” failed to take off, she blamed her collaborator Pharrell for his lack of support. “The reason ATM jam did poorly is because pharell changed his mind about wanting to be associated with me after he had his lite skin comeback,” Banks told fans.

In the meantime, she has collaborated with Busta Rhymes on a remix to Beyoncé’s “Partition” and will perform at London’s Wireless Festival in July.

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91 Comments

  1. August

    nicki minaj fans will attack in 5 4 3 2 1…..

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    Rob Reply:

    @August, I’m not even a Nicki fan but this b*tch is garbage as f*ck. Missy Elliott >>>>

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    WELL Reply:

    @Rob, LMAO .. this girl has not done ONE damn thing to impress me. 212 was hot.. hot beat.. i dont understand what the EFF she saying.. but it was a hot song. she fell off after that. So to me she is a one hit wonder. Her album should be renamed to ALL TALK. thats all she is really!

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    joey Reply:

    @Rob, missy for the win always

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    Mabdela Barb Reply:

    @August, I don’t interpret any part of this as being shady toward Nicki, so I’m good. In fact, I almost feel like she’s praising Nicki because research will prove that she has been an undercover Nicki fan. She’s good, but she hasn’t even entered the Queen’s dimension. When I read this headline, I bursted into laughter.

    Her album will most likely be positively received by some critics, but baby girl probably won’t move too many units.

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    Oh Reply:

    @Mabdela Barb, Yall Nicki fans are so scared of Azealia. Yall see that potential LMAOOOO

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    ASDF Reply:

    Mabdela’s response was level-headed and reasonable. You sound foolish. Bye.

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    Mandela Barb Reply:

    @ASDF, Thank you ASDF, and my apologies to the Rap-Up community for misspelling my name in my previous posts, but I think we all know who the fuck it is.

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    ArchBishopOprah Reply:

    @Mabdela Barb, U were on point until you got to the moving units part. Only basic people with basic knowledge of the music industry measure talent by number of units moved. Talent does not equal number of albums sold. I blame Rihanna for this type of thinking tbh.

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    NICKI MINAJ Reply:

    @ArchBishopOprah, Well truth is people will be looking out for her numbers. Talent is one thing but sales and accolades is really what makes you relevant and put you above your peers. And no Jay Z and 50 Cent are to blame for this way of thinking.

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    FormerlyFromTokyo Reply:

    @ArchBishopOprah, Very much agree.

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    FormerlyFromTokyo Reply:

    @Mabdela Barb, Queen of what? Psycho, please.

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    Oh Reply:

    @August, Nicki aint shit AZEALIA is right she IS the ONLY Female Rapper with own voice and she is coming for Nicki’s title SOON!!!!!

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    Andy Reply:

    @Oh, I’m so bored of you.

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    Oh Reply:

    @Andy, I’m bored of your wack ass fave and her bitch ass fans

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    Blondie Reply:

    @Oh, Every other female rapper has been “coming for Nicki’s throne” since Nicki came out . It’s an old declaration . And it couldn’t be farther from the truth .

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  2. KenBarbUk

    LMAOOOOOOOOOOO

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    Oh Reply:

    @KenBarbUk, Yeah LMAOOOO at Nicki’s FLOP features of 2013 and her RE-FLOP that couldn’t get her Platnium in the U.S.

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    yougotserved Reply:

    @Oh, flop features, you mention this same point everytime. `time to bring something new!! And ‘flop’ or not Nickis still getting paid.

    Kim paying you to chat shit on these nicki posts?

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    Oh Reply:

    @yougotserved, NOPE!!! Those flop features aint going nowhere so I’ll continue to bring it up just like yall continue to bring up Nicki’s KMART line and #4 POSITION on Forbes.

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    Blondie Reply:

    @Oh, You coming for Nicki , but your fave’s album is where ?! Oh . And #4 on Forbes is amazing considering she’s the the first and only female to he recognized by Forbes . Oh .

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    Bougie Kid Reply:

    @KenBarbUk, How did you get a photo as your icon?

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  3. ImaBeast82

    Khia disagrees…

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    KenBarbUk Reply:

    @ImaBeast82,

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  4. meme

    cryinggggggg. nicki please handle this asap.

    But you know right, shes right shes the best female rapper becuz nicki in the lane the male rappers. These lil bum bitches aint even in nicki lane. She competing with the Ye’s and the Jays’s.

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    Andy Reply:

    @meme, exactly what I thought! I don’t feel she was coming at Nicki at all, it was more against the other females who are really just copying Nicki.

    But nobody with a sane mind would think Banks is better than Nicki. When she came it was acceptable but right now she’s a joke.

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    gfb Reply:

    @meme, only hoodrats and homos care about nicki minaj

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    Oh Reply:

    @gfb, TRUE. NickiMinaj is for soft fags and wannabe ratchet bitches

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    lily Reply:

    @Oh, you’re annoying

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    Oh Reply:

    @meme, Naw. Nicki isn’t competing with Ye and Kanye cuz that bitch not even Top 3.

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    Go away banks Reply:

    @Oh, omfg azealia banks I love your work!!

    Not. Forreal tho azealia cut your sht. Even iggy is beating you

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  5. Malika

    She has great music & could be on top of the female rap game, but she’s fucked it now

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    BEDSTUYFLY Reply:

    @Malika, THIS WAS TO GET PEOPLES ATTENTION AND START CONTROVERSY. SHE HAS AN ALBUM TO PROMOTE. THE BARBS FELL FOR IT AND RAN TO THIS POST IMMEDIATELY… JUST WHAT AZEALIA WANTED. HATE OR LOVE, SHE NEEDS TO REBUILD A BUZZ.

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  6. KenBarbUk

    This slave is trying it..
    Booked some festival and think she’s popping
    Headline a worldtour mama

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    Oh Reply:

    @KenBarbUk, Like Nicki did and still only grossed 8 Million on tour?? LMFAOO Who goes on a worldwide tour and only barely grosses 8 million tickets?

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    Welp Reply:

    Zero facts in your response.

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    Azealia Banks Stan Reply:

    @Oh, 8 million you’ll never see.

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  7. Andy

    how is this girl NOT in Arkham Asylum yet??? You just have to see 10 random tweets from her and you’ll understand she’s lost.

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    FormerlyFromTokyo Reply:

    @Andy, lmao @ “arkham asylum”

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  8. Realforsure

    Please kill her , kill her for real !

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  9. d

    used to LOVE this girl and her attitude… but after the mess with this “album” and her attack on pharrell… HELL NAH! bye ma!

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  10. RihNaj

    LOL im scrying right now….she just trying to make up another controversy so she can get back in the game cause right now her career is over….i hope no’one reply’s to her.

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  11. KenBarbUk

    I bet she’s gonna drop a single after this rant

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  12. 2bad2bme

    she is a mess and all over the place…how can you state you are the best feamle in hip hop with not one album out…and your first official single flops, album shelved and no awards…you are a one-hit-wonder woman lol (212)

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  13. True Story

    Lmao b*tch hating on pharrell dude is winning. Oscar for Happy, Grammy for Get Lucky. You call yourself the best female in Hip Hop but havent proved shit yet nor can you get a hit on the charts. Ha! Good luck getting out of your contract aint no label want your bipolar ass.

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  14. Settle

    Um…..where is the album tho? She doing much of the talking and NONE of the walking. You become certified to talk sh*t when you release an album and you claim your spot on the throne. She had a dope mixtape and then she went pop bullshizzle. F-That, she aint sh*t no mo!

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  15. Bang Bang

    THE best? I’d have to disagree but she’s definitely ONE of the best. She reminds me of Missy Elliot and Missy was stacking when it came to numbers. And I’m not understanding why Nicki Minaj fans are under this post. Nicki’s not even the best, imo. Yes, she’s branding but lyrically, it’s the same old stuff now. Sex game and endorsements. I need the female part of the Hip Hop industry to get it together because it’s lacking confidence. Can we go back to when the females were doing music together? Kim? Queen Latif? Da Brat? Fox? Smh.

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    Oh Reply:

    @Bang Bang, EXACTLY!!! They holding Nicki to that “Queen” title like that bitch owns it when Lil Kim is the REAL Queen. And Azealia HAS these Barbz PRESSED cuz they SEE Azealia is way more talented then their wack ass fav WHO still Re-released her album 2 YEARS AGO and it’s STILL NOT PLATNIUM

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    Jonathan Reply:

    @Oh, Yo dude or girl or whatever you are give it up, you’re in the minority of opinion. You need a laxative to defecate all that bullshit you just tweeted. Like seriously yo, NO ONE in in Nicki’s camp looks at this Banks Broad as a threat. Nicki Minaj is the epitome of Real Hip Hop success. Banks is only known for doing shit like this b/c we give her what she wants which is attention. Nicki actually signs deals, drops music, and has a REAL fanbase to give her attention. One more thing, it is quite okay if you say Nicki is talentless, can’t rap or your favorite word for attacking Nicki is “wack” but if you say that then you’d clearly have to meet Banks with that same criticism on steroids b/c if you actually believe that Banks is better than Minaj in ANY category, then My my my, you are REALLY pressed by Minaj.

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  16. belli

    I mean… she’s right, she has her own voice, her own ideas, her own lyrics, and an excelent vocals. Iggy have? Nicki??? only Angel Haze has a good voice too. Y’all are trying to say that nicki is best because the charts but the talent no compares with that shit so… yeah she’s the best in the game.

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  17. King Fierce

    Hottest chick in hip hop with no album out? I don’t think thats how it goes.
    /-)

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  18. Auntie3times

    She has mad vocals and changed the game all in the same breath. Never been done b4. Haters everywhere…

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  19. mumi

    She has sooooo much potential but she’s wasting it.

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  20. Major Sushi

    Someone should tell Azealia Banks that Universals owns part of YMCMB *blinks*

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    UYUSGH Reply:

    @Major Sushi, oh shit that is some real information lmao dang…i guess thats the business she shoulda been smarter

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    Major Sushi Reply:

    @UYUSGH, I feel so bad for her, because she thinks it’s the record labels fault that her album hasn’t come out yet, and putting blame on Universal that they don’t know what to do with her. It’s her attitude and her 24/7 beef from Iggy to ants that no one wants to associate with her. Like… girl… give up already. You’re album should’ve been out last year, but here you are struggling & beefing.

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  21. Trillafood

    I agree. No other rap female out now touching her and i don’t know people mentioning when missy isn’t a new female rapper. She’s a rap legend.

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  22. Qtiplife

    That’s lil kim not you

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    Deejay Reply:

    @Qtiplife, Listen to me, and I mean you better listen good. Because I’m only gonna tell you this one more time……
    No one! and I mean NO ONE is checking for Kimberly Jones.
    STOP trying to make her happen. It’s over and done. Bye

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    female weezy Reply:

    @Deejay, yes the best thing I heard in 2014 so far lls!

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    BadBitch Syndrome Reply:

    @Deejay, lol I had a whole vision of you sittin this person down and having a heart to heart with them

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    meme Reply:

    @Deejay, screamingggggg

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    NICKI MINAJ Reply:

    @Deejay, LMFAOOOO you’re always doing this!!!!!!!

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  23. Auntie3times

    She’s not wasting her talent just go to You Tube or simply Google her or better yet go to Sound Cloud. She has a myriad of music. Female rappers & every body sitting around scratching their heads like what the fuzz are we gonna do now? Ahhhhhhh! Love It. She has the energy and potential just wait until you hear her REALLY sing and hit the big screen. She’s gonna silence all the critics and you Haters Muaaah ha ha! Just sit tight & remember my name I’m her Auntie 4 real…You all will still be in the same position typing and hating

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    SnowTheProductsArmy Reply:

    @Auntie3times, BOOOOOOOOOOO !!!!!! Better tell your fav to hang the mic and kick rocks before I throw another water bottle at her bobble head the next time she ruins a music festival!!!!

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  24. female weezy

    These hoes kill me they see nicki back on her s##t now she tryin to get nicki attention or get nicki to diss her so people can talk bout her or ask nicki bout her in interviews when these hoes going learn dissing nicki won’t help your career they talk about for a second then people over it and how I know she want attention cause she said nicki name nicki please don’t feed into this cause this girl rap songs not even better then nicki pop song raps and mixtape nicki will kill the little career she got left Damn nicki them hoes say your name and its news u diss them and it just another track lls!

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    Oh Reply:

    @female weezy, She didn’t say shit about Nicki she said she’s THE ONLY Female rapper That’s HAS her own sound/look/personality different from Nicki Minaj .

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    ymcmb Reply:

    @Oh, different from nicki minaj ain’t that sayin her name she don’t have to say nicki name she could have put it another way but sayin nicki name period got her news

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    Oh Reply:

    @ymcmb, no it didnt. The headline is “Azealia says shes the BEST FEMALE IN HIP HOP” not the Nicki tweet. She brought Nicki into because Nicki has been the most relevant female rapper since 2010 so therefore shes saying shes nothing like Nicki. She has her own sound. Her own crew. Her own gimmick ,

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    Go away banks Reply:

    @Oh, you really just be the angry weave witch herself it’s like you know what she’s thinking.

    Lololol okay azealia take your meds and stay away from your phone

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  25. thedon

    Im sick and tired of this ratchet ass rainbow Skittles haired bitch. Man most people twitter follower counts are higher than her record sales. Fuck outta here

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  26. TheOnlyOne

    This bitch is hardly even IN hip hop like where is her album?

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  27. Gaz

    If you stop bringing attention to this Drama queens (the only type of Queen she is) antics, hopefully she will stop

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  28. Kyle

    There is no denying that this girl has a shit ton of potential. I mean, her “1991″ EP was amazing but since then, she has just brought a lot of bad taste to her name due to her attitude. She needs to humble herself and show some class because at the rate she’s going, she is digging her career into a deeper and deeper hole and the sad thing is…it has barely even started:/

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  29. Queen

    This is hilarious, We all know this and every other year is Nicki’s year. Haters you can kill yourself.

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  30. weeeeeell

    she’s telling the truth.

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  31. wtf

    I LITERALLY LOL’D READING THIS! she does not even have a single album out, her label is holding her back cuz they hear her music and theyre like oh god no one is gonna purchase this lol this bitch needs to take a back seat and watch other ladies take the reigns

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  32. EveRyder

    I don’t care for her or nicki garbaj,but let’s be real she does have a uniqueness to her and she’s doin something with female hip hop dat hasn’t been done b4. Her mouth is to damn big and she keep burning bridges with ppl. It will hurt her in the long road. I wish her label will just hurry the process with her album b4 she just fuck herself all the way up. To y’all nicki ass wipers she is no damn queen of anything her second album can’t even go platinum and she really wasn’t competing with anybody on a mainstream level.

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  33. muthafucka

    Funny….the mere mention of her name at this point just makes me laugh. She is an attention seeker with no hits songs.
    She has released a ton of tracks since her one “hit” and NOTHING has popped. She is delusional.
    She knows that at this point the only way she will be able to read her name in print, and she loves to see her name in print, is to talk some shit on Twitter.
    She should just drop her album so everyone can pan it and she will fade away into obscurity.

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  34. CurtisDonDeano

    she has a point though….

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  35. Mao_the_cat

    Azealia is a great MC, great musician and singer.

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  36. FidelEmmanuel

    She isn’t bad, she does have a dose of originality, but what has she done? Azealia needs to go harder, release more songs, more press. She just reminds me of a annoying little brat who has tons of potential.

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  37. WannaMinaj?

    HEEEEEEEEEEEEELL NO! Girl you ain’t even the Queen of ya damn edges!

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  38. ♪►Muzzac◄♪

    Well she is not the best Female Rapper that’s a lie but she is good, Nicki Minaj will always be top female rapper. But I don’t think she was dissing Nicki, I think she mean’t every other female rapper is trying to be like Nicki. And she even said herself she Loves Nicki but she wants to take her job as being the top female rapper(which will never happen)

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  39. Sigh

    yawn…

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  40. JG

    Iggy is so much better than this never-been.

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  41. Jonathan

    As a Nicki Minaj fan, I refuse to even entertain this statement. I mean the ONLY reason 98.7% of music listeners or blog readers know about her, is b/c she is ALWAYS in the news for saying, tweeting or doing dumb shit to garner relevancy. We ALL know who has balanced mindsets, Nicki Minaj fan or not, cannot honestly and wholeheartedly say Banks will be a great. Cut it out. And to the “Oh” character I call out on every post now, you’re bored and bitter. For all who tramped to this post saying “Yassss” Banks better than Minaj or Nicki Minaj ain’t the best, ain’t queen, etc.. You all contradicted yourself b/c if she wasn’t, you would not immediately bring up Minaj. That’s why I’m a proud Nicki Minaj fan b/c Team Minaj doesn’t discuss nor do we hype other female emcees, but strangely EVERYONE attacks our fav and fan base but it’s cool b/c Our Queen who has receipts for billions of years to prove she is the best in Female Hip Hop, is sitting comfortably at the top while people like Banks is struggling to bank. Lmao #NICKI2014

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  42. A Realist

    Lmfao. Bye, Felicia.

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  43. Nicki Minaj the queen

    Nicki is the best female rapper #Period and would kill azealias career. The only thing azealia wanted is attention from nicki. But nicki ain´t gonna give her attention #JustSaying ;)

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  44. WHY ARE YOU ALL SO PRESSED?

    Why are the barbz always leaving LONG ass messages on Azealia’s posts? If she was so wack, why would y’all be leaving essays and shit on here? And why are Azealia’s fans agreeing with what she’s saying? Azealia has ONE hit, no album, no nothing and is acting like she’s a household name and some huge icon. Azealia needs to put out her album and be an icon again like she did when she released 1991 EP & Fantasea. Bitch can spit & sing.

    Point: Azealia & Nicki are talented, but their styles are so different. But if you’re gonna remain ignorant…whatever.

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