Once one of music’s most promising prospects, Azealia Banks has seen the volume of her buzz drastically drop in the years since she blazed the scene with ‘212.’
Many would agree that label issues were initially the cause, yet most would also concur with the sentiment that her own volatile antics sealed the deal.Array
She says otherwise, though.
Because in a new rant explaining why she won’t be releasing any more bodies of work, the ‘Broke With Expensive Taste’ femcee not only lays the blame at the feet of society, she adds that it doesn’t deserve her best efforts.
Her words below…
Via Instagram, Banks wrote:
She went on to add…
Stop asking. I’m clearly not ever going to release music again. I’m entirely too good for 3/4 of the public. They don’t deserve me and I don’t deserve to have my life’s purpose attached to “having to work three times as hard as a white woman” lmfao FOH. How about I don’t work at all , collect ebt and make a multi million dollar sh*t talk YouTube channel effectively making an exponentially higher amount of money than I’d make “working three times as hard” . . . If you cannot tell by now, Azealia Banks has been trying her hardest to hack the “three times as hard as a white woman code” …. some of you may see it as stupidity but I cannot , have not and will never accept that as a rule of my life, I will actually do the exact opposite in order to disrupt whatever spiritual warfare there is attached to that “three times as hard” ideology…. that is not an original black womans thought ….. that is something she has been taught and something I’ve dedicated my life to undoing. Although I was naturally born an exceptionally talented being, it behooves me to exhibit normalcy and humanity outside of being the stellar *over achieving negress* American social archetype each and every one of your favorite black female celebrities are. Even if I must underachieve or be mediocre… I will do so in order for the greater white society to UNDERSTAND, that my existence is NEVER EVER for their comfort, entertainment or consumption. The way whiteness engages with black entertainers is still not sterile enough for me to want to engage at that level. I want the special American psychopath pass given to Quentin Tarantino … until then you can read my rants and listen to the one song I drop a year. 🤷🏽♀️
While Azealia has consistently raised noteworthy points about race and gender inequality, she far too often neglects to reflect on how her own actions have pierced her potential.
It’s all sorts of wack to put her inability to sell on the wider society when – for a lengthy spell of time – she was being hailed and propped up for the very things she says aren’t being embraced: her undeniable talent and beautiful aesthetic.
And yet she would frustratingly squander so much of her momentum with pointless social media spats, unprovoked artist lashings, and slamming the very creatives she’d collaborate with. She’s ironically even used racist lingo in beefs with other minorities. So, in an industry where one’s network is very much their net-worth, she’s functioning as an erratic army of one and isn’t making much headway because of it.
Add to that the ritualistic breaking of chicken necks and selling of bleaching creams (in today’s hyper-woke era) and her predicament is pretty self explanatory.
For years, we’ve long signed off such stories with the hope that she’ll get her ish together. But, at this point, does it even matter anymore?