It appears one of our generation’s greatest feuds is on the cusp of a reconciliation. Rapper Azealia Banks has told XXL she hopes for an “open discussion” between herself and Australian rapper Iggy Azalea.
The creative industries see many a feud. Joan Crawford vs. Bette Davis, Gaga vs. Madonna, Picasso vs. Matisse and Mariah Carey vs. the world. However, none of these came through with a banger mudsling like “Igloo Australia,” but it looks like that one is coming to an end.
“I feel America and the world could really benefit from some candid discourse between two public figures about the world’s biggest sickness: racism,” Banks added.
This comes after Banks said on Twitter she would be open to a collaboration with the Australian rapper Iggy. (A.K.A Igloo Australia) on her upcoming track “Anna Wintour”
Igloo was on Anna Wintour ?
— CHEAPYXO (@XoCheapy) June 19, 2017
Igloo Iggy responded on Snapchat expressing her empathy, Gemini to Gemini
“I just want to say FYI; re A. Banks. Call me crazy but girl; I don’t hate you. I don’t know you to hate you,” Azalea wrote. “I believe you may want to meet me in person so you can steal a lock of my hair and cast a spell hoping I die (lol) I don’t agree with many of your opinions but honestly, at times I empathize with you as a creative Gemini woman. I wish you had spoken to me before deciding I was out to get you when we first came on the scene, but that’s also typical Gemini reaction shit (I get it). As a 27 year old adult woman just know: I wish you well from one human to another and joke collaboration or not as adults we should move past trivial beef with strangers.”
While the exact start date of the feud is hard to pinpoint, it certainly combusted when Iggy Azalea was featured on the cover of XXL’s Freshman issue.
This prompted Banks to express her disdain at a white rapper who declared herself a “runaway slave master” (from Iggy’s song “D.R.U.G.S.“) being on the cover of an African American publication. She clarified that she isn’t “anti-white girl” but “pro-black girl,” to which Iggy responded that she is “pro-people. Period” and was #blockinthatass.
T.I. who signed Iggy to his label then decided to put in his two cents. Calling Banks out on her comments resulted in another intense exchange during which T.I. said the beef was “bitch shit” and that Banks had no place addressing him.
What ensued was a list of beefs between Banks and anyone within an @, but after about a year it circled back to Iggy.
Banks took aim at Iggy’s silence surrounding the incidents of police brutality resulting in the death of unarmed black men, to which Iggy responded by dismissing it all.
You may be surprised to read that we are only now hitting the climax of this feud. Banks gave an emotionally revealing interview where she further explained the beef, her issues with the industry and her frustrations as a woman of colour.
“I feel like in this country, whenever it comes to our things, like black issues or black politics or black music or whatever, there’s always this undercurrent of kinda like a ‘fuck you.’ There’s always a “fuck y’all n*ggas. Y’all don’t really own shit. Y’all don’t have shit.”
“That Macklemore album wasn’t better than the Drake record. That Iggy Azalea shit isn’t better than any fucking black girl that’s rapping today… The Grammys are supposed to be accolades of artistic excellence. Iggy Azalea is not excellent.”
Banks then explained her tears had nothing to do with Iggy. Instead, saying they were about “society and media in general,” which came alongside other pet names for Iggy such as “Itchy Areola,” and “Iffy Azuzu.”
It appears we will not be privy to any more of these adorable nicknames, but we may get one of the most unexpected collaborations in recent history. In the meantime, Banks is expected to release the latest products in her soap line.
BUSSYBOY AND PUSSYPOP intimate area tightening/lightening bars go up for pre order !!!!!!
— CHEAPYXO (@XoCheapy) June 20, 2017