"I want all the smoke"
Cardi’s response came through Twitter because her Instagram account is still deleted. After responding to Azealia Banks — who bashed her mercilessly on The Breakfast Club — the “I Do” rapper threw the whole app away.
While Banks has most definitely expressed her disdain for Cardi before, it was nothing like this. During the interview, Banks called Cardi an “illiterate, untalented rat” and a “caricature of a black women.”
“Two years ago, the conversation surrounding black women’s culture was really reaching an all-time high,” Banks told Charlamagne tha God, Angela Yee and DJ Envy, sending a head nod to Beyonce’s award-winning album, Lemonade. “There was just this really, really, really intelligent conversation going on nationally and then everything just kind of changed and then it was like Cardi B.”
Banks went on, “I’m just talking about this caricature of a black woman that black women themselves would never be able to get away with. Like, if my spelling and grammar was that bad, I’d be canceled. If Nicki Minaj spelled like that, we would be ragging on her all day.”
“Beyoncé? Wasn’t Beyonce the same women she was talking s**t about and dragging all over the media?” Cardi said after first seeing clips of the interview.
A little later, Cardi offered up a full response, in the form of a lengthy message that she proofread “a couple of times for the Akeelahs and the bees out there!!” In the note she told Banks that “a women who constantly finds joy in belittling black women (Beyonce, Rihanna, Skai Jackson, Remy Ma), can’t try and stand for them because it’s convenient!”
She went to say that she won’t let Banks or anyone else “create confusion” about her indentity. She added, “You think because someone uses a lot of big words and long sentences that makes them smart!?”
“How smart are you if you don’t know that the meaning of illiterate means to not know how to read or write,” Cardi continued. “I can do both, and speak 2 languages fluently.” Concluding her post, Cardi wished the 26-year-old well, advising her to “pray for your own success before you pray for the downfall of others!”