Azealia Banks: 'Lil Kim doesn't write her own raps'
Pair were set to work together on Banks' debut album 'Broke With Expensive Taste'
A fortnight ago, the Harlem hip-hop artist spoke about working with Kim on her forthcoming debut album 'Broke With Expensive Taste', but the relationship appears to have since turned sour. "Lil Kim got mad that I wrote a verse for her on a record I wanted her on, Banks explained, before adding:
Everyone knows Lil Kim doesn't write her own raps and I saw this as a faster more efficient way of getting the track done.— ? YUNG RAPUNXEL ? (@AZEALIABANKS) May 6, 2012
Banks then went on to add: "She then had her assistant write me some long ass offensive email about how Lil Kim writes her own raps and doesn’t need anyone's help … All this extra shit is stupid. Keep closing your own doors ma."
However, Lil Kim's publicist CJ Carter has dismissed the claims. In a statement to AllHipHop, he said:
My client and Azealia have NEVER spoke to one another or met AT ALL…Kim was actually very flattered [by] Azealia’s public admiration for her, which is why it’s so hard to understand how someone who claims to be a true Lil Kim fan could flip the script so easily on someone who was supposedly their idol.
Carter added that Kim has "no desire to discuss the matter any further", concluding: "It honestly seems that someone from Azealia's team would rather have her fans buy into manufactured drama instead of buying music."
Banks has since responded by calling the spat "pathetic", stating: "For the record: I didn't make this a thing. Nor did anyone on my team. I never once made any statements about this."
Last month Azealia Banks cancelled almost all of her summer festival appearances because of recording commitments, with only slots at Reading and Leeds Festivals and BBC Radio 1's Hackney Weekend scheduled to go ahead, along with her October UK headline tour.