Tweets That Pop: Azealia Banks blasts Lil Kim
Azealia Banks might be leading a wave of freshman femcees, but the Harlem spitfire is following in Nicki Minaj’s pink-hued footsteps by launching a Twitter war with pint-sized veteran Lil Kim.
After previously professing her adoration for Kim, Banks changed her tune via Twitter after a planned collaboration allegedly went sour.
“Okay so true tea is that Lil Kim got mad that I wrote a verse for her on a record I wanted her on,” Banks wrote in a series of tweets on Saturday. “Everyone knows Lil Kim doesn't write her own raps and I saw this as a faster more efficient way of getting the track done.” She followed that up by declaring she received a response from Lil Kim's assistant "about how Lil Kim writes her own raps and doesn't need anyone's help."
Kim didn’t take to Twitter to bite back; instead, her team issued a statement dismissing Banks:
“My client and azealia have NEVER spoke to one another or met AT ALL. Kim was actually very flattered [by] azealia’s public admiration for her, which is why it’s so hard to understand how someone who claims to be a true Lil Kim fan could flip the script so easily on someone who was supposedly their idol,” the statement from Kim's publicist read. “It is also VERY interesting that NO ONE from her team made any attempts to reach out to anyone from our team to voice any concerns or problems that they may have had. I have NEVER heard of anyone having a conflict with someone they have NEVER met with or personally spoke with. We have no idea what they are referencing and have no desire to discuss the matter any further as there is nothing to talk about.”
Banks shrugged off the statement as “pathetic” and added fuel to the flames. “I will never ever EVER have my team issue a press release and try to make it look like the media did it themselves,” she wrote early Monday. “I don't even really know what this is over ... Her team told me to write the verse for her ... I'm very confused.”
-- Gerrick D. Kennedy (@gerrickkennedy)
Photo: Rapper Azealia Banks performs at the 2012 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 14 in Indio. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press