Inside Azealia Banks’ Many Famous Feuds (and How She Made Cardi B Delete Her Instagram

Azealia Banks is not here to make friends. Banks has never been one to back down from confrontation, but, more than that, she seems to be excited to start them. Sometimes the rapper goes off to stand up for what she believes is right. Other times, she lashes out in order to stand up for herself. But whenever she believes she’s crossed a line, she makes a point to apologize.

Read on for a look at some of Banks’ most famous feuds, including when she caused Cardi B to delete her Instagram (page 6).

1. Rihanna

Azalea Banks and Rihanna collage.

Left: Azalea Banks seems to love drama. | Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images, Right: Rihanna tends to be guarded and private. | Lacron/Getty Images

In January 2017, Banks took to Instagram to share her opinions about President Trump’s executive order to ban citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S. In her rant, she said, “As far as Rihanna (who isn’t a citizen, and can’t vote) and all the rest of the celebrities who are using their influence to stir the public, you lot really REALLY need to shut up and sit down.”

Rihanna took the high road and simply responded with the kiss-y emoji and wrote, “The face you make when you a immigrant.”

Next: Banks told Minaj that she doesn’t “believe the ‘Rap game’ hierarchy.”

2. Nicki Minaj

Rapper Nicki Minaj

The rappers exchanged insults on social media. | Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images

In 2012, Minaj asked Banks to join her on her European tour. Banks said no and Minaj tweeted shortly after: “#ManTheseBitchesDelirious.”

Many people thought the comment was aimed at Banks for turning down the opportunity, including Banks herself. So she responded to Minaj on Twitter with a string of tweets including one that read “I don’t believe ‘Rap game’ hierarchy……….Sorry,” and another that told Minaj to use good grammar when insulting others.

Then in September 2017, Banks apologized on Instagram and Minaj accepted.

Next: No one should ever say this to another person. 

3. Iggy Azalea

Iggy Azalea on a red carpet.

Iggy Azalea also received some harsh criticism from Banks.  | Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for iHeartMedia

It all started back in 2011 when Banks tweeted “once wrote a song called ‘Barbie Shit,’ but nicki minaj blew up like the week after so i took it down, lololz. i felt corny. Also wrote a song called P-U-$-$-Y before Iggy Azalea.” Azalea responded with ““its NEVER been about who did it first… its ALWAYS been about who did it better,” and the feud was born.

The worst of it was when Azalea gave an interview in which she shared that the harsh criticism that comes along with making music had made her contemplate suicide at times. Banks responded on Instagram encouraging Azalea’s suicide.

Next: Banks called out Kendrick Lamar on his Billboard interview, suggesting he made racist comments. 

4. Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar performing on stage.

Kendrick Lamar’s words infuriated Banks. | Bennett Raglin/Getty Images

In January 2015, Lamar did a cover interview with Billboard that covered the recent events in Ferguson, among other things. “What happened to [Michael Brown] should’ve never happened. Never. But when we don’t have respect for ourselves, how do we expect them to respect us? It starts from within. Don’t start with just a rally, don’t start from looting — it starts from within,” he told the publication.

The comment didn’t sit well with Banks and she responded on Twitter saying,

“When we don’t respect ourselves how can we expect them to respect us’ dumbest shit I’ve ever heard a black man say… Lol do you know about the generational effects of poverty, racism and discrimination?.. There are things in society that benefit a select few of us. fine…. But don’t put down the rest by saying they don’t respect themselves… HOW DARE YOU open ur face to a white publication and tell them that we don’t respect ourselves…. Speak for your f—ing self.

Next: Banks was one of the few who didn’t like ‘Lemonade.’

5. Beyoncé

Beyonce posing for the paparazzi.

Banks was one of the few people to not love Lemonade. | Mike Coppola/Getty Images

When Beyoncé Knowles-Carter released Lemonade, it was widely met with praise. Banks was not so impressed. She took to Twitter to voice her opinion on the album and Knowles-Carter’s music strategy in general.

“Beyonce spent her entire career purposefully avoiding ‘blackness’ but now that it’s a trend she’s trying to capitalize on it,” she wrote. “If she wants to help us, she’ll SHUT UP and let the new vanguard of black women come forth, instead of poaching from us.”

Next: This is how she caused Cardi B to delete her Instagram. 

6. Cardi B

Recording artist Cardi B attends the Jeremy Scott front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on February 8, 2018 in New York City.

Cardi B quit Instagram after her feud with the rapper. | Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

The Cardi/Banks feud began when Banks called out Cardi on Twitter, saying she “wanted spicy Latina and she gave me poor mans nicki.”

Then Banks took things to a whole new level when she told The Breakfast Club that she thinks Cardi is an “illiterate, untalented rat” and a “caricature of a black woman.” Cardi responded to Banks’ comments on Instagram, but ended up deleting her whole account not long after.

Next: Banks completely went off on Zayn Malik on Twitter. 

7. Zayn Malik

Zayn Malik posing on a red carpet.

The singer also criticized Zayn Malik | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

In 2016, Banks was suspended from Twitter for insulting Malik. First, she wrote that Zayn was stealing her work. When Malik responded that he saw what she was trying to do but he didn’t care, Banks took off on a racially-driven rant.

“U.S.A IS ABOUT TO TEACH YOU WHO NOT TO F— WITH!!” she wrote at the time. “When your entire extended family has been obliterated by good ol the U.S of A will you still be trying to act like a white boy pretending to be black? Do you understand that you are a sand n—– who emulates white boys’ renditions of black male hood? Do you know how lost and culture less you are?”

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