Azalea Banks Calls M.I.A. ‘Anti-Black’ On Twitter

Here we go again.

It’s been a good month of press for Azalea Banks. Not only did she make headlines for selling out her hometown show, but the rapper also hit Good Day New York for a televised performance and announced a North America tour. Still, that doesn’t mean that the controversial star is entirely focused on just her craft. On Tuesday (August 29), the femcee took to Twitter to stir her pot of beefs and this time she placed her target on M.I.A.

“Mia be low-key trying to take credit for black culture and the shit is annoying. She’s like clearly quite anti-black,” Banks told her followers. “I don’t get her points a lot of the time it’s like she came up in hip-hop then wants to be like what about my people but tries to discredit.”

Elsewhere in her rant, Banks claimed that M.I.A. stays too focused on comparing the struggling. “It’s always like why do you care about blacks and not Indians when blacks took this from my culture. She stay trying to compare struggles. When it’s like honey… just spit your rhyme.”

Banks’ tweets come after M.I.A.’s very own confessional Instagram post, where she stood up for herself and shared her side of her career jumpstart, particular when it comes to her then-right hand man Diplo. “It’s important you don’t see me as a lil thing diplo discovered because I’m a brown woman,” she said after explaining just how the two met in the first place. “This is the first story of a brown female musician who smashed it for the first time. That didn’t happen because I accidentally walked passed diplo.”

I just want to clear this up Here's a lil story of how this happened. I discovered diplo because Steve Mackey played me a song by him released on big dada! I found out on a "flyer" he was djing and spent 16 pounds and bought my own way into fabric club in London . No one put me on the list! Nobody paid for it! I approached him and gave him my record! There was no label no A N R no channels. a handful of people believed in me , then when I got a deal , they turned on me. This was why i forged my own path and style and genre. I didn't want anyone to say they made me! To this day so many people have made careers off me and the same people distort history destroy the story because of my politics , which he played a part in cementing. He said "politics is a terrible thing for music"in 2010 in the NYT article . During this time when 400 000 Tamil were getting bombed to death , he used to have a dart board of my face on his rider . Jus sayin . "He text me "you're walking backwards into a brick wall" when the NYT article came out. While I was defending privacy laws with a newborn baby like it's me against the world. No one came to my shows during this time because of that article and racist memes mad decent were spreading through hipsters. I let him cash in on the sound because I had no choice. I felt it was important to defend freedom of speech, even for American people and couldn't play the game. Everyone involved in major lazer now came together through me. I made boyz in Jamaica and Trinidad. I took switch there carried beers up the mountain everyday . Wes wasn't there because he was cheating on me in Brazil at the time. he turned up a year later and networked in JA saying he produced BOYZ coz the song blew in Jamaica. Walshy was the directors roommate and Chris was my day to day in Trinidad. it's important you don't see me as a Iil thing diplo discovered because I'm a brown woman , and this is the first story of a brown female musician who smashed it for the first time . That didn't happen because I accidentally walked passed diplo. Ta! This is literally 1% of the story!

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Still, there were plenty of skeptics, particularly one who told M.I.A. that she relied on “black sounds like everyone else” to which she responded: “I came right after the 90s early 2000s success of Indian riddim in dancehall/hip hop!Missy timberland /big pimpin coolie riddim sounds ta.” See below for the rest of her tweets on the matter.

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