9/26: UPDATED 11:20 p.m. ET: Cardi responded to Azealia Banks’ criticisms with a pointed tweet. She shared a short video of Banks singing along to “Bodak Yellow” in a crowded club. To go along with the clip, Cardi wrote, “One of the reasons Bodak Yellow went #1 cuz even the HATERS LOVE IT !!”
One of the reasons Bodak Yellow went #1 cuz even the HATERS LOVE IT !! pic.twitter.com/CCHUhHvN8z
— iamcardib (@iamcardib) September 27, 2017
Banks struck back with a vicious social media message of her own, accusing Cardi of using a ghostwriter. “Great songwriting,” she wrote. “Might get the nigga to write for me too!”
Banks also included an audio message naming the person who she says wrote “Bodak Yellow.” “We know the nigga from Harlem who wrote the song,” she said. “His name is Cole. He’s friends with your boyfriend from jail… Everybody in the hood knows you fuck for raps… A bum b*tch from the Bronx like you, it’s great that you made it. I’m sure it inspired a lot of other bum b*tches.”
Azealia responds to Cardi B pic.twitter.com/V1pidr0yec
— Pahpy (@_CallMePahpy) September 27, 2017
It’s no secret that Azealia Banks is opinionated. Perhaps, one of the most opinionated rappers of our time. Under the username @XoCheapy, Banks took to Twitter on Monday night to deliver yet another opinion on the heels of Cardi B’s widely celebrated No. 1 single, “Bodak Yellow.” In a series of now-deleted tweets, Banks gave her take on what contributed to Cardi’s success.
“I’m sorry,” she started off. “Black industry men are too hype for this Latina girl I’ve never seen them jump like this for remy or nicki.”
She continued: “Spinning this ‘for the culture’ story when they are simply letting white men at Atlantic buy them into hating their own women.”
She then made a pretty bold fucking statement: “Charlemagne and black men in hiphop should have gotten me, remy AND nicki a number one before they gave cardi or iggy one.”
Pause: I’m sorry, how exactly did they give her a No. 1? Don’t you earn a No. 1? Has Cardi not been out here busting her ass, performing non-stop at sold-out shows, dropping remixes of the song to keep it fresh, staying active on social media, and building with another hot rapper who’s a part of the biggest group in hip-hop right now? What?
Anyway, Azealia went on to say that white men in the industry are deliberately trying to “buy black men away from black women” and claimed Cardi is only considered as black when it’s convenient for a success story. And then, she capped the rant off with a particularly offensive statement: “I wanted spicy Latina and she gave me poor mans nicki.”
One: at this point, it’s just lazy to keep comparing Cardi to Nicki. They’re both over it, and it’s a tired analysis. Two: there’s nothing wrong with being mixed race. There’s nothing wrong with being Latina. There’s nothing wrong with a mixed-race or Latina rapper being successful.
Regardless of whether Cardi caught wind of this or not, she seems to be just fine. On Monday, when “Bodak Yellow” officially reached the top of the charts, she tweeted this:
This is the happiest day of my life and no 1 will take this joy from me .I wish you sour patches a good day !Thats how happy I am .
— iamcardib (@iamcardib) September 26, 2017