She may have torpedoed her own music career and gotten kicked off Twitter for engaging in some pretty bizarre behavior, but Azealia Banks is still finding ways to make her voice heard.
And the results have been just as infuriating and entertaining as ever!
Banks’ source of outrage du jour is the uproar surrounding the political opinions of Kanye West.
West’s love of Donald Trump has made him low-hanging fruit for many in the celebrity world these days, and Banks feels the hip-hop icon is being unfairly maligned.
This week, she specifically singled out singer and ill-fated dame in a Dashiell Hammett adaptation Lana Del Rey, who recently attacked West in a vitriolic series of tweets.
"Wow okay Lana, this would be cute if you were consistent with your outrage and refused to collab with ASAP rocky who has physically assaulted women too,” Banks responded on Twitter.
“To me this just looks like the typical White woman taking using a weakened target to ‘pretend’ to be an ally.”
Banks went on to argue that Del Rey “wouldn’t dare challenge a black woman on her opinion” and accused her of using Kanye as an easy trget “for your own vapid attempts to seem politically aware.”
From there, Banks accused Del Rey of hypocrisy, pointing out that she’s collaborated with A$AP Rocky, who has been the subject of multiple abuse allegations.
“Kanye is not your enemy or THE enemy. In fact your selective outrage Makes YOU. The enemy,” she continued.
“You’re exactly the kind of thought police Kanye is fighting against… I suggest you apologize to Kanye”
A solid opening salvo, to be sure.
And since LDR isn’t really known for engaging in celebrity beefs (or anything other that ethereally drifting through artsy, Chris Isaak-y music videos), it was widely assumed she wouldn’t respond.
Not only did she clap back, she straight up threatened to knock Azealia flat:
“u know the addy. Pull up anytime. Say it to my face. But if I were you- I wouldn’t," Del Rey tweeted.
“I won’t not f–k you the f–k up. Period.” Another called out Banks directly saying, “Banks. u coulda been the greatest female rapper alive but u blew it. dont take it out on the only person who had ur back.”
Unpopular opinion time: politics aside, we have to give the W to Azealia here.
For one thing, responding to ideological differences with threats of violence is weak sauce, especially on social media, where there are no physical consequences to such actions.
On top of that, if Del Rey and Banks were to square off, we’re pretty sure Lana would be the one getting f–ked up.
Elizabeth Woolridge Grant grew up rich as hell Upstate and tried on like 8 different personas before landing on the noirish chanteuse thing she has going on now.
Banks is straight outta Harlem and kills chickens for fun.
We’d say the smart money is on Azealia, but this fight would be over before anyone had a chance to shake on a bet.
That said, Lana has a point about Banks shooting herself in the foot career.
The world needs another "212" now more than ever.