It's finally over
A strange thing has been happening in the knotty, tangled world of Azealia Banks recently. The rapper — who has never met an open-ended feud she didn’t like (until even that relationship sours) — has started tying up loose ends.
Banks is apologizing more and more, and at the same time, some of her wilder stories are being validated in the press. Where before we saw a neverending stream of beef and anger, we’re now we see something like sense.
Banks’ version of events in that infamous Russell Crowe story turned out to be true, she ended her seemingly eternal spat with Nicki Minaj, and now she’s apologized for lighting up Lil Kim on Twitter all the way back in 2012.
Is it opposite day (year?) or something?
Conflict And Resolution
First, a bit of backstory:
Banks penned a verse for Kim on a song that they were meant to collaborate on. When Kim fired back at the assumption that she wouldn’t write her own raps, Banks went public with the story.
“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 said. “She then had her assistant write me some long ass offensive email about how Lil’ Kim writes her own raps and doesn’t need anyone’s help.”
Now, Banks has walked that rhetoric back in a comment on Instagram:
“I wanted to make music with you for so many years Kim. Apologies if when I sent that verse you thought I was trying to write for you – I wasn’t. I only sent the reference because I just wanted to map the song out and it was literally just me doing what I thought you should sound like in that section. I only put in there so there wouldn’t be a blank space and you could understand the structure of the song when I sent it.”
Banks is hoping that the pair can make the failed collab happen, now that she’s apologized for acting up way back when.
See The Convo
“I hope one day we can link in person and straighten things out because I was sooo confused and heartbroken when our collab fell thru,” she said.
Kim seems to be on board with the idea of reconciliation. The rapper responded to Azealia’s comment and noted how Banks is getting better as a person.
“That was so sweet of u,” she wrote. “I’m so proud of ur constant attempts at growth.”
Kim closed with a bit of hope. She said that she’s “sure [their] paths will cross again.”
Kim’s conciliatory comments are of a piece with a recent interview she gave to Hot 97.
“I’m always for unity,” she said. “I’ve always embraced every female.”
She went on to say that too many rappers come into their careers with disrespect toward the people who came before them.
“When you come in the game, you don’t come in the game disrespecting your idols. You don’t be like ‘I’m the new. You sit down.’ Why would I say that to Salt-n-Pepa? Why would I say that to MC Lyte? These are the girls that made it possible for me. These are the girls who influenced me and gave me life.
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