-by Jasmine Grant
If there’s anything we love more than a dope MC, it’s one that isn’t afraid to stand tall and maintain their stance against popular opinion. In just a few short years, Azealia Banks has managed to become one of the most polarizing figures in Hip-Hop. Though her unfiltered rants about social issues and popular culture have ruffled the feathers of many of her rap peers, Banks’ brash, unapologetic persona makes her a critical element to the culture, regardless of who just flat out doesn’t see it for her.
Recently, Madame Tussauds unveiled a wax figure of Nicki Minaj inspired from her viral video for “Anaconda”, where the rapper is positioned on all fours. Though Minaj was flattered to see a wax figure made in her likeness, Banks’ quickly called the museum out for choosing such a degrading pose. “Wow, they finally give Nicki Minaj a wax figure and it’s a statue of her bent over on all fours…… White people yo….,” the Harlem rapper tweeted. “All ppl are gonna do is go up to that statue and take pictures shoving their crotch in her face and putting their crotch on her butt.” Banks’ prophetic tweets soon came to fruition when lewd, NSFW photos of visitors next to the statue soon popped up all over the ‘net, prompting the museum to issue a statement promising to “tighten security” near the display. Over their head much? *Side Eye*
Instances like this prove that, not only is Banks’ slick mouth refreshing; frankly, it’s necessary. Let’s thank our lucky stars for women like Azealia Banks – fearless enough to take barbershop banter to the mainstream and say what others are afraid to. Check out this list of totally valid points made by Azealia Banks where its undeniable that she was right.
Donald Trump Will Get What’s Coming To Him
Leave it to “The Donald” to spew wildly offensive banter to get attention. During his press rounds, the 2016 Presidential hopeful (we still can’t say that with a straight face) made some highly controversial comments about Mexican immigrants; calling them “rapists” and declaring that his first order of business as President would be send them back across the border. Banks’ got Trump all the way together. In a series of gut-busting tweets, Banks’ claims that not only is he delusional if he thinks those ideas will fly, but his reckless comments might put him in danger. “Donald trump is mad about the immigrants but who the fuck hair does he think is up in that hair piece he needs?!?!?!!!” she wrote. “And he seems especially mad about Mexico when people migrate from loads of places…. What’s his real problem with Mexico?”
Rachel Dolezal Took African-American Solidarity To Unnecessary LevelsNBC
The racial scandal involving former NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal made national headlines overnight. Dolezal, a white woman who had been masquerading as Black for over a decade, was the epicenter of possibly the most bizarre story of 2015. Banks was not a fan of Dolezal’s display of allegiance to the Black community and made a bold stance at a time when people, Black and White, just didn’t know how to feel about it. “Ok and this is it: why must one become a caricature of a black person to associate themselves with blackness/black institutions,” she declared in a series of tweets. “Rachel could’ve just been a white person working for the naacp and everything would’ve been fine. Why the kinky wig and tangerine tan.”
President Obama Is Kind Of A DILFGetty
This might be the one statement in history Azealia Banks genuinely regretted, but we certainly can’t knock the girl. In an interview with Billboard, Banks professed her uncontrollable attraction to our nations’ leader. “He’s so fine. Those big-ass white teeth and ears hanging off his head? I’m like, ‘Oh my god, I want to f– the President,” said Banks. But of course, Twitter saved the day, allowing Banks to clarify her statements and backtrack. “OMG I was totally just joking and being silly,” she said in reference to the article. “I said so many other interesting things in that interview.”
Cultural Smudging Does Exist And It’s Painfully ObviousGetty Images
The longstanding beef between Banks and her arch rival Iggy Azalea is well documented, but recently, Banks’ has revealed that it has less to do with Iggy personally and more to do with society’s agenda to erase Blacks from a culture they created. In an unexpectedly emotional interview with Hot 97, Banks’ shed light on her frustration with cultural appropriation, as proven by the Grammy’s choice to award Macklemore with the 2014 rap record of the year over arguably more deserving candidates like Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole. “The message [to white kids] is, ‘You’re great. You’re amazing. You can do whatever you put your mind to.’ And it says to black kids, ‘You don’t have shit. You don’t own shit, not even the shit you created yourself.’”