8.29.2017

Azealia Banks Calls M.I.A. ‘Anti-Black’

Azealia Banks may have reconciled with Iggy Azalea earlier this year, but she’s just launched a new feud with M.I.A.

Taking to Twitter on Tuesday (Aug. 29), Banks went on a racially-charged tirade against her new target. “Mia be lowkey trying to take credit for black culture and the shit is annoying. She’s like clearly quite anti-black,” she tweeted. “I don’t get her points a lot of the time it’s like she came up in hip-hop then wants to be like what about my people but tries to discredit. It’s always like why do you care about blacks and not Indians when blacks took this from my culture. She stay trying to compare struggles. When it’s like honey… just spit your rhyme.”

This comes on the heels of a lengthy M.I.A. post about Diplo on Instagram. “It’s important you don’t see me as a Iil thing diplo discovered because I’m a brown woman,” she wrote. “and this is the first story of a brown female musician who smashed it for the first time . That didn’t happen because I accidentally walked passed diplo.”

I just want to clear this up Here's a lil story of how this happened. I discovered diplo because Steve Mackey played me a song by him released on big dada! I found out on a "flyer" he was djing and spent 16 pounds and bought my own way into fabric club in London . No one put me on the list! Nobody paid for it! I approached him and gave him my record! There was no label no A N R no channels. a handful of people believed in me , then when I got a deal , they turned on me. This was why i forged my own path and style and genre. I didn't want anyone to say they made me! To this day so many people have made careers off me and the same people distort history destroy the story because of my politics , which he played a part in cementing. He said "politics is a terrible thing for music"in 2010 in the NYT article . During this time when 400 000 Tamil were getting bombed to death , he used to have a dart board of my face on his rider . Jus sayin . "He text me "you're walking backwards into a brick wall" when the NYT article came out. While I was defending privacy laws with a newborn baby like it's me against the world. No one came to my shows during this time because of that article and racist memes mad decent were spreading through hipsters. I let him cash in on the sound because I had no choice. I felt it was important to defend freedom of speech, even for American people and couldn't play the game. Everyone involved in major lazer now came together through me. I made boyz in Jamaica and Trinidad. I took switch there carried beers up the mountain everyday . Wes wasn't there because he was cheating on me in Brazil at the time. he turned up a year later and networked in JA saying he produced BOYZ coz the song blew in Jamaica. Walshy was the directors roommate and Chris was my day to day in Trinidad. it's important you don't see me as a Iil thing diplo discovered because I'm a brown woman , and this is the first story of a brown female musician who smashed it for the first time . That didn't happen because I accidentally walked passed diplo. Ta! This is literally 1% of the story!

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When a Twitter user pointed out that M.I.A. relied on “black sounds like everyone else,” she responded: “I came right after the 90s early 2000s success of Indian riddim in dancehall/hip hop!Missy timberland /big pimpin coolie riddim sounds ta.”

M.I.A. later received criticism for tweeting that the “concept of carnival itself is frm ancient Hindu tradition whr gods r celebrate paraded to sounds of drums/music around the town on floats.” She later corrected this tweet with: “The concept of ‘carnival’ ALSO comes from ancient Indian culture that has sounds of drums and instruments.”

“cultures all have similarities,” she added. “so one can’t dominate the narrative of others.”

In the midst of all of this, Banks has also announced a new North American tour. The just-announced 18-date trek is scheduled to kick off Oct. 3 in Grand Rapids. From there, the jaunt will hit several locations, including Chicago, Detroit, Toronto, New Orleans, Houston, Phoenix, and Las Vegas, before coming to an end in San Francisco on Oct. 28.

Earlier this year, Banks made headlines when she and Iggy teased a collaboration after squashing their beef. Prior to that, Azealia dropped a couple of new tracks, including “Crown” and “Chi Chi.”

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