By Sowmya Krishnamurthy
It was only a matter of time before Azealia Banks and Iggy Azalea would bump heads. The female rappers who share similar monikers are often confused for each other but Azealia Banks is making sure to differentiate herself from Iggy. The “212” rapper/singer took to Twitter to blast Iggy for making XXL’s 2012 Freshmen Class cover, which Banks was excluded from.
Banks took offense to Iggy’s verse on “Drugs” in which she saysm “When the relay starts/I’m a runaway slave/Master.” “Iggy Azalea on the XXL freshman list is all wrong,” and then added, “How can you endorse a white woman who called herself a “runaway slave master ” on February 29.
Iggy and her new Grand Hustle boss, T.I., took to DJ Drama’s radio show to address the situation. T.I. asked, “Was she [Banks] not happy with her being on there? Or, was she not happy because she was not on there?”
Iggy added, “This is my day and it’s my achievement. You have to work to have your own achievements, with all due respect. Instead of worrying about who else is on there, you should just be happy that I’m on there as a woman for women, and if you want to have your an achievement, work and have your own achievement. I can’t take what’s meant for you and you can’t take what’s meant for me.” T.I. added a little jab, “And strategically if she really cares about a freshmen cover maybe she could hope that she’ll suck enough to get shelved and then next year when the freshmen cover comes back around, maybe she’ll still be a freshman…If you spend half of your day getting money and the other half of your day counting money, you ain’t got no time in your day to worry about nobody else.”
Banks, always ready with a tweet, responded, “Come on T.I…. Ni–as is not scared of u and whatever s— u got to say on some radio show. @TIP you corny for that one. LMFAOO how u a grown man commenting on what’s going on between two girls. Come on son. Stop it.”
Iggy followed up with her own tweet: “I said my piece [sic] respectfully, something im entitled to do and now that i have, there is nothing else to say,”