9.26.2017

Azealia Banks Calls Cardi B a ‘Poor Man’s Nicki Minaj’

While most of her peers celebrated Cardi B’s historic rise to the top of the Billboard Hot 100, Azealia Banks had other intentions.

Shortly after Bardi became the second solo female rapper to top the chart with an unaccompanied single, Banks went on a lengthy Twitter tirade to disparage the achievement.

“I’m sorry. Black industry men are too hype for this Latina girl,” she tweeted. “I’ve never seen them jump like this for remy or nicki. Spinning this ‘for the culture’ story when they are simply letting white men at Atlantic buy them into hating their own women.

“Charlamagne [Tha God] and black men in hiphop should have gotten me, remy AND nicki a number one before they gave cardi or iggy one,” she added. “But literally white guys buy black men away from black women and it’s soo cringe.”

The tirade didn’t end there, as Banks went on to say that the Trinidadian and Dominican rapper, who hails from the Bronx, is “only black when blacks want to include themselves in a success story.” She added: “I wanted spicy Latina and she gave me a poor mans nicki.”

Taking to Twitter, Cardi didn’t respond to Banks directly, but made sure to note that detractors would not sway her mood. “This is the happiest day of my life and no 1 will take this joy from me .I wish you sour patches a good day !Thats how happy I am,” she wrote. Later, she added: “Every single FEMALE RAPPER CONGRATULATED ME TODAY .Is the best feeling cause I listened to ALL OF THEM.”

Nicki Minaj, Lil’ Kim, Remy Ma, Missy Elliott, Rapsody, and DeJ Loaf were among the many stars who congratulated Cardi on the achievement, after she became only the second solo female rapper to reach the top of the Hot 100 with an unaccompanied track, following Lauryn Hill.

Cardi isn’t the first rapper that Banks — who is currently on a North American tour through Oct. 28 — has beefed with. Her past rivals include Nicki Minaj, Lil’ Kim, and Iggy Azalea.

Banks’ Twitter account (@XoCheapy) has since been deactivated. Though it is unclear why, the rapper’s previous account was suspended following her use of racist and homophobic slurs.