Azealia Banks On Nicki Minaj: “She’s A Brilliant Lyricist”

Published: Tuesday 13th Mar 2012 by David

Whether she likes it or not, Azealia Banks‘ ‘brand’ is in poor shape.

Because, after attacking Kreayshawn on Twitter and ‘getting into it’ with Iggy Azalea on the same medium, Banks- much to our frustration- has become public enemy #1.

Well, at least online.

So now, in what will sure to sweeten her presently sour persona, she has complimented Nicki Minaj, branding her a ‘brilliant lyricst’.

Her comments below…

Speaking to VIBE, she dished on the following:


I don’t think the door was ever closed for urban female artists. There has always been a female killing it. Have we forgotten about Eve?
Eve had hot records, movies, a TV show, fashion line, ad campaigns, etc. Right before Remy Ma went to jail, she was killing it, and was well on her way to the top. She had bars on bars on bars.Lil Mama also made a splash with “Lipgloss“.Plus all the other alternative chicks like M.I.A. and [Santigold].
I don’t think Nicki necessarily opened the door for anyone else but herself.
I think she’s doing a great job with what she’s doing. But I don’t think any of the current female rappers’ success’ are contingent upon anything Nicki Minaj did. It’s contingent upon our talents and creativity.”
I wasn’t EXPECTING anything from it. I was more so just happy to see a Laguardia Drama major getting paid. Sonically, I think Pink Friday is great. The vocals are clean. The beats are mixed well and the hooks are catchy. Nicki Minaj has really mastered the art of popular songwriting.
I do like her mixtapes a lot, though.
I think she’s a brilliant lyricist, but I think a lot of the things she started doing with her look were distracting. I think she’s talented enough to sustain a very fruitful career without the ugly wigs and ugly costumes.
“Hell yeah. She’s mad sexy.”

Though we’re sure these comments ‘came from the heart’, forgive us for being a little cynical about them.

For, it wasn’t too long ago Banks courted the idea of sparring with Minaj, and now- probably concerned with how awkward things might be when Kanye makes the introduction- she’s singing her praises.

Either way, disingenuous or not, Azealia seems like a really cool chick, serving up  ‘undisputed’ talent and a lighthearted spirit we can’t wait to see more of.

But what do you think?

Do you agree with her comments?

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  1. AliensAreOurMasters March 13, 2012

    I find it so dumb how female rappers all hate on each other it’s so stupid. Because they are all in the same boat they all want to equality in the rapping industry. *Off topic* Reminds me of how minorities in America and how a lot of us hate each other though we are all the same boat and fighting for the same thing which is equality.

  2. hh March 13, 2012

    I have a feeling there is a collab on here with her and nicki > that would be great

  3. Love-fiend March 13, 2012

    Did this heffa say something about UGLY WIGS?


    I can’t right now!

  4. levy March 13, 2012

    a collab will happen maybe but only because she is kanye artist and nicki and kanye are close

  5. plastic March 13, 2012

    Wigs n outfits girl lies . Ragedy Ann cann Neva b a barbie b**** :………Apple sign she gross she look like she got some good p**** after a good scrub down Worship the queen n u might come pass April 3 2012

  6. Perryperryperry March 13, 2012

    I really don’t give a f*** what she thinks! All I care about is that she is sooooo amazing beyond amazingness…. Her music is so fresh and new

  7. Those That Cannot Do, Stan March 13, 2012

    I think she handled the Kreashyn/Iggy thing wrong. There’s a way to handle your business without saying ‘I’ll sit on your face’ (what kind of dumbass attack is that? And insinuating someone is more racist than you when you’re comfortably usin the N word. THAT she should have handled differently.

    I would think it’d be tough on her career if she came out swinging at Nicki, and yeah you can see a few grudging compliments in there, lol. But still, I think she should focus on her music. No female rapper has to be the exact same as everyone before her. Nicki is choosing to be one version of female rap, Azealia should focus on being another and being successful.

  8. Jenna March 13, 2012

    She doesnt even have a deal and is doing international dates,performing for MAJOR fashion houses. Sam do some f***** research before you try to play her.

  9. Guess What March 13, 2012

    Now Nicki can know how it feels to be disrespected by “new female rappers” coming up, the same way she did back in 03. She didn’t open any doors for female rappers, the industry just changed. I got this information from a reliable industry source. I don’t know where this ” change of heart” came from all of a sudden with Banks , but I’m not buying it.

  10. Tbozfan10 March 13, 2012

    Ummmm.. This is From the same interview where she supposedly “dissed” nicki. How you gonna have it both ways? Is she loving or hating TGJ?

  11. RDK March 13, 2012

    like i said before i like her song 212[even though people be saying she dis nicki in it and that was the reason i check the song out,i didn’t know who banks before that]azealia and iggy is ok but if i was to choose between the two of them,i would choose azealia….anyways if banks did a song with nicki i would like that,that would be a good look to me in my opinion.

  12. Os March 13, 2012

    GUESS WHAT because you love the drama,you wanted her to dis nicki,as to what people be claiming…and for your info female rappers bin dissing nicki from the get go sign and unsigned,what are you talking about..and this is the same interview that sam broke up in to pieces and made two stories out of it[Sam being sam], to start sh-t and this latest one to make it seems like it,s all good,she didn’t dis nicki from the get go,just haters be twisting this to start sh-t,because nicki and that other is in beef and it,s not looking so good over there so they want to drag someone else in it to team up on nicki[like how they did Keys]…sigh they will do anything.

  13. Black Madonna March 13, 2012


  14. Kim career DEAD ghostbuster March 13, 2012


  15. Greg March 13, 2012

    Everyone has people they dislike but if a celeb talks about the people THEY dislike then they’re bitter ? That’s f*****

    & at the end of the day, the music is what really counts & let’s face it, Azealia’s music is AMAZING, fresh & new

    Iggy is a RUNAWAY S**** MASTER

    Lil Kim’s studio albums still s*** on every other female in the game & they way Nicki’s music is going, Kim won’t be dethroned anytime soon….

  16. Nats March 13, 2012

    Oh so now she wants to do a collabo with Nick after dissing her just a few weeks ago? Girl bye! No one wants to listen to your lame ass music or have you collab with Nicki. At least not this HB fan! You will get no shine from Nicki, a girl who u keep dissing and wanting to be. NIL!

  17. kingphoenix9 March 13, 2012

    Azealia you my girl but you can’t go in on Nicki’s wigs when yours aint to hot ya damn self…lol. But everything else she said is true, and this is something that does come from her heart because Azealia always has been genuine in her Nicki fandom and is only telling the truth when she gives Nic constructive criticism. Sam, stop being a Minaj d*** rider all the time…its not very becoming of you and with her latest fuckery its not even warranted!

  18. Nu Nu March 14, 2012

    @KINGPHOENIX9 i completely agree. ms. banks u need to come again with ur wigs girl lol they arent looking as fresh as ur music so we need u to step up!
    Ms. Banks needs to be careful and more aware of what she says, which she illustrated in this interview. This is how you convey ur msg or speak ur mind without sounding bitter. Lets focus on her music now 🙂

    ** thedirty-linen.b*******.com **

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