Frame Azealia Banks’ Fights Better

…note Banks’ battles all you’d like, so long as you do so accurately.

While it’s true that Azealia’s recklessness and short fuse prompted her rifts with the likes of Iggy Azalea and Lil’ Kim, her issues with Angel Haze highlight the reality that many rappers purposely pick a fight with her for attention. Not to mention the likes of T.I. and Jim Jones, who, too, have gone out of their way to unleash on the 20-year-old Harlem rapper. Had she been the female rapper that was apart of an all-male crew versus a standalone artist (a breakthrough Azealia doesn’t receive nearly enough credit for), they would’ve never attacked her so harshly. Now comes Haze, who clearly wanted to piggyback off of Azealia’s buzz to assist in the building of her own.

This doesn’t excuse all of Banks’ behavior. She is very much audacious and often too quick to fly off the handle. In other words, the sort of “no f*cks given” artist so many acts are only pretending to be. If you act like a provocateur, then you ought to expect the backlash that comes as part of the package. Still, much of Banks’ outbursts have been themed around issues related to race, culture, sexuality and sexism. At a time when people increasingly scream for attention without anything of note to actually say, it’s somewhat comforting to know in the midst of all the noise that Banks’ outbursts may generate, at least there’s something reminiscent of genuine thought behind it.

Read the essay in full over at The Shadow League.