Azealia Banks raises doubts for tour, speaks out on race

American trip scheduled for September and October could be off

New York rapper Azealia Banks‘s autumn tour of America has been thrown into doubt after co-headliner K. Michelle pulled out, citing exhaustion.

According to Banks’ Twitter, K. Michelle cancelled the planned tour dates by email. Both artists, however, were at pains to emphasize their respect for each other, and their intention to rebook the tour at a later date. Banks is also looking into alternatives to some of the original dates.

“Unfortunate news, as this was my first U.S. tour,” Banks told fans via Twitter, “but my team will work on an alternative plan to try and keep some of the dates in order.

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K. Michelle went into a little more details in explaining her withdrawal via Instagram:

“To say I am crushed is an understatement. I try my best to push myself over the limit and if you don’t listen to your body it will make you listen. While currently filming numerous television shows, readying my businesses and working on my new album, I simply cannot overexert myself any more than I already am…. There is absolutely no drama between me and Azealia. We have a mutual respect for each other as women and artists.”

Banks has a history of cancelling tour dates, including her recent scheduled appearance at Glastonbury, and a number of planned dates in Ireland and Norway. The ‘212’ singer has made several cancellations on the day concerts were scheduled to take place.

Meanwhile the rapper – who caused controversy only a few days ago in calling Australian crowds ‘terrible’ and ‘violent’ – has commented further on a long running theme of hers, cultural appropriation:

“Every single conversation about cultural appropriation in hip hop starts at my fingertips,” she said on Twitter. “I was the only one brave enough to speak up, and now everyone just dives right in and Christopher Columbus’ my ideas as their own. But I was called crazy and told to shut up. Then here come all these rap niggas just quoting me verbatim. Then all of a sudden the industry has time to address the issue, like I haven’t been shouting this for years.”

Banks is scheduled to play Reading and Leeds Festivals over the August bank holiday weekend.
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