Azealia Banks on Nicki Minaj/Taylor Swift feud: ‘America doesn’t like opinionated black women’

Banks also reveals she's left her label and wants to make a 'super duper pop record'

Azealia Banks has commented on the recent public feud between Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift, which saw Minaj accusing Swift of defending the “racist media” following the recent MTV VMA nominations.

The dispute started when Minaj took offence at her omission from the Video Of The Year nominations at this year’s MTV VMAs, citing the reason as the industry’s inherent racism. Swift is nominated in the category alongside Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran and Mark Ronson.

Minaj tweeted: “When the “other” girls drop a video that breaks records and impacts culture they get that nomination”, a tweet that Taylor Swift deemed to be about her. Swift replied: “I’ve done nothing but love & support you. It’s unlike you to pit women against each other. Maybe one of the men took your slot..”

With Swift inviting Minaj to come onstage with her if she wins the award, Minaj later retweeted a fan’s post that called for Swift to “stop using “support all girls” as an excuse to not be critical of racist media that benefits and glorifies you”.


Now, rapper Banks has alluded to the dispute in a series of tweets, claiming that all her videos “deserve VMAs” and her album “deserves a Grammy”.

She adds: “I’ll never get one because America doesn’t like opinionated black women… Poor me”. See those tweets below.

Banks has also revealed that she’s left her label Prospect Park, who released her debut album ‘Broke With Expensive Taste’. The star had previously been signed to Universal, parting ways with the major label last year.

Tweeting about her future plans, Banks says that she wants to “make a super duper pop record. like disney style, but clever”. She also said about what she’s looking for in a perspective label: “anybody really, I’m just looking for something with the least amount of strings attached”.