Rappers Iggy Azalea and Azealia Banks have pretty much been at odds since they stepped on the scene back in 2011. Even though they’ve never met, things have gotten really personal and nasty between them. The thought of there ever being a truce is crazy enough to give literal meaning to the saying “when hell freezes over.” For real, this bad blood is thick. At one point, Azealia Banks promised she had absolutely no intention of meeting or having a discussion with her arch nemesis, but it seems the two might be one step closer to putting their feud to bed.
This is literally our reaction to this news. It has to be feeling kind of cold in hell right now.
In a social media style press release, the “Mo Bounce” rapper announced to her fans that she’s thinking of reconciling with Banks and explained why. “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,” Iggy 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).” Iggy goes on to explain that she and Banks have more in common than people realize. “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.”
Many of us were expecting Banks to swiftly let Iggy have it, but we got a surprisingly agreeable reaction from the “212” rapper. In response to Iggy’s statement, Banks spoke with XXL about her openness to have a conversation with Iggy, under one condition: she must check her white privilege.
“I think a true reconciliation can happen once there is some acknowledgment of what hip-hop has been trying to tell her,” Banks replied. “I still don’t think she quite understands the effect her racial privilege and the socio-economic leverage that comes with it has on a marginalized group of women’s culture. Race aside, this is also a women’s issue. I hope that there will be a chance for us to have an open discussion about this, as I feel America and the world could really benefit from some candid discourse between two public figures about the world’s biggest sickness: racism. I wish for women of the future to be able to refer to this moment in women’s culture as an example of what can happen when people take time to understand.”
The is surprising new ground for the two femcees, who have butted heads on everything from accusations of cultural appropriation to claims that Iggy swiped her rap moniker from Banks. Iggy was even called out for not speaking up about hotbed racial issues such as the shooting of Mike Brown and Eric Gardner. Bank’s choice to speak with XXL is rather interesting as well, considering she once slammed the hip-hop magazine for putting Iggy (a white woman) on their coveted Freshman Class cover back in 2012.
Now the question is, will these two televise their sit down, or will they settle the score behind closed doors? This should be interesting.
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