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Another day, another page in what is Azealia Banks’ lengthy book of beef.

It was all good just a week ago yesterday, when the hot-fire femcee finally gave us some new music with her latest single from her highly-anticipated albumBroke With Expensive Taste. Fast-forward to today, and Azealia’s got a few more gems to drop in her latest interview with i-D magazine. As good as it is, “Heavy Metal and Reflective” isn’t the song of the summer—that’s a title that’s been reserved for Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy.” And as we all know by now, the “Fancy” femcee isn’t Azealia’s cup of tea.

When asked about authenticity and what being ‘cool’ means to her, she told the publication:

“Anything that seems fake, or anything that seems like a lie, or anything that’s not the truth, I don’t like it,” she declares. Which is why she’s not sold on fellow female rappers Iggy Azalea and Kreayshawn.

No, no, no shade, no shade, right? Well, actually:

Iggy Azalea (“Where the fuck did you get that name from, bitch?”) is “some Australian girl who raps like a black girl. It’s kind of silly. Whatever, people are feeling it. She’s good-looking. I get it.”

On a more serious note, she adds:

“Just be yourself, that’s really what it is. I mean I get it: black women are the strongest, most confident women in the world. Of course you want to emulate us. I get that. But at the same time, listeners will appreciate it more in the long run if you are just yourself. Eminem did it. He didn’t have to make a mockery of anyone. Beastie Boys did it. They didn’t have to make a mockery of anyone. If you want to treat it as an art form, then really treat it as an art form. Don’t use it as a gateway into a culture that you want to be a part of. Black culture is fun to the rest of the world and they all want to be a part of that, but there are certain things that are sacred to us and certain things that you will never be fully accepted into. That’s just my take on it.”

Well, we can agree with her there. Black girls certainly do rock. Read the rest of her interview over at i-D.


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