Barks & Bytes: Do Azealia Banks’ Social Media Beefs Help Or Hurt Her?

Published: Wednesday 18th Jun 2014 by Rashad
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Oh, Azealia Banks.  Hair is certainly the nicest thing the ‘Yung Rapunxel’ has let down since her eye-popping debut onto the rap scene.

In addition to letting down fans with innumerable pushbacks of her debut album ‘Broke With Expensive Taste,’ the fiery femcee has (not so gently) let down any Twitter user who’d dare cross her path.

Oft-attributed with dispensing unforgiving and, at times, well crafted shade, the ‘ATM Jam’ maestra has taken to Twitter on many occasion to light into many-a-well known pop culture figure from Lady Gaga and Perez Hilton to Pharrell Williams and now T.I.

Love her or hate her, one thing you cannot deny is Banks’ ability to cash in on and court public attention.  With discussions of her host of eccentric yet lukewarm-received singles/videos at a minimum, news that incites ridicule from nemeses, haters, and spectators alike, Banks – the cultural figure at large – still remains a talking point.

So, it begs the question:  is Azealia Banks winning?

Arguably, analysis could reveal that the closest “counterpart”, from a social profile perspective, is Khia – a rapstress whose modest success has been greatly overwhelmed by a slew of social media beefs with fellow celebrities.  Like Khia, Twitter tussles have become so frequent that they often overshadow her initial claim to fame.  In addition, these tiffs – be they conjured for attention or legit – quickly became the sole reason why the rapstress’s name is even in headlines.

Moreover, the incessant spats force fans and often celebs and outlets to “choose sides”.  Much to the chagrin of both artists, it is rarely theirs (even if they are the “victim” in the scenario).

Unlike Khia, Banks often goes for “big wigs” (i.e. Lady Gaga, T.I., Pharrell Williams).  This move obviously comes with further media reach than coming for a rapper or singer whose media influence is minimal.  Also, unlike Khia, Azealia’s quality of music & presentation is…err umm…better.

But, as peruse of the Hot 100 would reveal that “quality” is not exactly at the top of today’s music listener’s list, the question remains how much Azealia’s headline hits are helping or hurting her.  So, you tell us:

Your thoughts?

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  1. maurice June 18, 2014

    her career was over before it started.
    she done messed up the gaga collab, the alleged beyonce collab last year.

    Girl bye, you just mad cos the ones that u came up with are winning and u still doing nothing witch yoself.


    • truth (The PinkShit will.surely FLOP!! Just like PissAndFLOPtion honey) June 18, 2014

      Ok girl…spill that tea!! Her and nicki n the same damn boat hunny!! Icki a flop

  2. Molly June 18, 2014

    Lol i forgot about her dragging rita… but of course this is hurting her career she doesn’t come off respectable or humble no one wants to work with some angry black chick who always acts unprofessional.

  3. BEYFLAWLESS June 18, 2014

    @maurice didnt know there was a bey collab .. she mess up ….. a song with gaga and bey would have got her radio play even r kelly got play with gaga

  4. Xoxo June 18, 2014

    Azealia is fighting a lost battle,
    T.I is doing this to ruin her reputation and career and she’s falling for it all
    She should have a male family member respond to T.I
    and put that slave in his place

    • truth (The PinkShit will.surely FLOP!! Just like PissAndFLOPtion honey) June 18, 2014



    Lmfao! HURT OBVI!

    I love when she dragged Perez & that “Rihanna’s understudy” Rita drag remains iconic tbh.

    • Mark111 June 18, 2014

      What did she say about Rita? Fill me in sis.

  6. Kitty June 18, 2014

    They Help her, me and my friends would have never heard of her if she hadn’t had that epic spat with Pigrez Hilton, and Flop ga.

  7. g0ldiel0cks June 18, 2014

    i truely don’t think that she has any f**** to give. she just tells it like it is…

  8. F***** My way to the top June 18, 2014

    We really can’t answer this question until her first album drops. i for one am a fan and i’m glad she drug some of those losers tbh.

    • _taylormvde June 19, 2014

      they losers yet they all actually putting s*** out. this h** mad cause she fell off before she could get on!! #Next b**** garbage anyway. mad or nah!??

  9. BeyonceBanks June 18, 2014

    I love Azealia!! She’s very talented and I’m sooo excited for the album. But this attitude needs to drop!

  10. LOL June 18, 2014

    Its always when one of her flopjects are going to be released.

  11. Navy Nick June 18, 2014


  12. Rita Slays June 18, 2014

    Why is this even a question? What charts has this edgeless flop been on since 212? Angel Haze ended her career. That pick of Azealia’s edges will never go away nor with the edgeless drags. The only things beef has done for her was make her into a Twitter personality, in the same vein as Lohanthony and Lorraine Star. Nothing more. She should be praising God for allowing her to still have a record deal. I wonder how much money her label blew funding that Rapunzel video that tanked soo hard? Must have been alot considering the home-made looking ATM Jam lmao! You can’t f*ck with one of Jay-Z’s people and Lady Gaga and expect to still have a career. They wield too much power. Bankrupt learned that the hard way.

    • Kitty June 18, 2014

      but the joke is you stan for a flop rita basic ora tho

      • Rita Slays June 18, 2014

        3 consecutive #1 singles with no album out. 4 #1s total setting a record for British female solo acts. Certified platinum album. Successful continental tour. Too many business and endorsement deals to list. Yawn. You’re shade is stale.

  13. Fine Ass Lou June 18, 2014

    Doesn’t help or hurt her cause nobody knew who she was before and nobody knows who she is now so it’s really just pointless.

  14. Mark111 June 18, 2014

    Well let’s see, she been at start for about two years, others that were at her level (Iggy) has went on to have hits and a somewhat ok selling album and this girl still hasn’t rolled to dice to go. It killed her, she is Kia (whatever her name is). Everyone she got at went on with success (Minus Rita WHOa)

    • Rita Slays June 18, 2014

      3 consecutive #1 singles with no album out. 4 #1 singles total, setting a record for British female solo acts. Certified platinum album. Successful continental tour. What exactly is success in your book?

      • Mark111 June 18, 2014

        Sorry kid, I live in the States and over HERE, she’s a non MF factor. #WrongSideOfAnIsland

  15. JER June 18, 2014

    No one even knows who she is. Iggy Azalea already broke thru and is HUGE right now. The only way Azealia Banks can trend is getting confused with Iggy Azalea BYE.

  16. LOL June 18, 2014


  17. CT June 18, 2014

    Who is she? Everytime I here her name she is into it with someone. What does she do… is she a singer, actress, rapper surely she is not a model…

  18. ontherun June 18, 2014

    At first the publicity helped to get a wider variety of people interested but I think now its tired and stale, especially since the music has kind of dried up as of late.

  19. Karlie Redd Stolen From Flea Market Gucci Bag June 18, 2014

    Khia is way more funnier than this b****. The shade is Khia does what she does for pure entertainment and if you seen her vlogs you would know that. Khia has came for big names also but the thing is the artist mainly the ones from the south and in hip hop know its all jokes she and TIP has been friends for years and so has some of the other people she roast and gag on. Azealia is a bitter racist who attacks white artist and artist who she claims has become Uncle Toms like Pharell and an artist who help put a white women on the map who is TI. But she knows who to try it with and who not to cause if you notice she was quick to end it with Angel Haze LiL Kim & Nicki the time she tried her. I dare Azealia to pull the s*** she does with Iggy or Rita with Rihanna, K Michelle, Khia, Funky Dineva or Teyanna Taylor b****** who have no problem dragging for days

  20. Musika June 19, 2014

    They will definitely hurt her. In any type of industry or working/learning environment you’re suppose to learn how to make connections. Starting feuds will not help further your career if you don’t have enough friends. Look at Katy Perry for example, she has TONS of connections that she mentioned in an interview once. Even though other labels rejected her, she still kept contact with them. Now look at her, she’s often getting nominated by her fellow peers each year at the Grammy’s. Azealia needs to grow up now, she’s not the same 19 year old girl we saw from 212. Time to act like a real adult now.

  21. Lily June 19, 2014

    Azealia or aziza always beefing. She’s going down down down. She even try this sh*t with Late Legendary King of Pop Michael Jackson and got dragged for it. Always talking sh*t, no respect. What country she from cus she always talking/tweeting about African Voodoo, wichcraft etc. If care not taken I will unfollow her cus I’m sick & tired of this b**** that need to get her Life together instead of beefing.

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