A little controversy can go a long way in today’s hip hop climate. And while many vets and rap newcomers have learned to flip feuds into followers and fans, it seems NYC spitter Azealia Banks may have made a huge misstep in her latest online tiff.
After a Twitter beef with rapper Angel Haze that resulted in a few diss records, Banks’ may find her undoing at the hands at gossip blogger Perez Hilton. Hilton and Banks traded words online, but her shot at his sexuality has upset one of the world’s leading gay rights organizations.
Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (Glaad) has made a statement against singer and Harlem native Azealia Banks. It condemned her use of the f-word during a recent tweef with Perez Hilton. The initial issue was with fellow artist Angel Haze via diss track. When Hilton weighed in on the situation, Banks’ response was anything but politically correct. “@PerezHilton lol what a messy faggot you are,” she tweeted. Initially she refused to retract the remark: “Really not as moved by this ‘f word’ thing as u all want me to be,” she wrote. “I meant what I meant.” She did, however, say sorry: “My most sincere apologies to anyone who was indirectly offended by my foul language.”
“Regardless of [Azealia's] intent or her personal definition … there are gay kids who follow her on Twitter who hear this word in an entirely different context,” wrote associate director of Glaad Matt Kane. “This word is used almost universally by bullies, often as part of a larger verbal or physical assault. This word hurts those kids, no matter what Banks meant by it.”
Reports on gossip websites suggested that the remarks may have led to Banks being dropped by her label Interscope. However a spokesman for the rapper denied this was the case, saying: “Azealia Banks is currently in the studio recording her debut album, which will be released this year through Interscope in the US and Polydor in the UK.”
Banks and Haze’s debut albums are expected later this year