What’s beef? Apparently it has less to do with booby-trapped Jeep ignitions and mothers in danger than Biggie thought.
Depending on whom you ask, a misunderstanding or long-simmering, under the radar, discord caused two young female emcees in Angel Haze and Azealia Banks to begin a war of words that began on Twitter, but later spilled into the recording booth.
Seriously, if you were not born and raised in NY…. DON’T CLAIM NY. YOU ARE NOT A NEW YORKER.
— YUNG RAPUNXEL (@AZEALIABANKS) January 3, 2013
In response to a seemingly innocuous tweet from Banks about recent NY transplants repping the city with a bit too much zeal for her taste, Haze struck the first blow with the Diplo-produced “On The Edge.” Part Mega Man boss level, part petty high school scuttlebutt, and part decent rap song, the chaotic attack appeared to come out of nowhere. In between verses, Haze aired some laundry that could probably still be worn to work Monday with the help of a Tide stick; certainly nothing of the condoms on the baby seat variety. Still, enough of a nerve was struck to warrant a response.
The former acquaintances continued to tweet snarkily about one another in the ensuing hours, before Banks fired back with “No Problems.” Fueled by dubstep wub wubs and upbeat aggression, the Harlemite’s response is, not unlike Haze’s opening salvo, more remarkable for its jarring production than the actual shots fired. Banks herself is no stranger to problems with other artists, having traded words with Jim Jones, Lil Kim, Iggy Azalea, and Kreayshawn over the past year, but her experience in these battles did not result in the crushing blow one might expect.
Angel Haze responded once again with a slapdash freestyle over Tupac’s “Ambitionz Az A Ridah,” but the most interesting development of this conflict may have been the entrance of gossip blogger Perez Hilton into the fray. On Friday, Perez made some disparaging tweets about Banks and sided with Haze against the “212” fashionista. Eventually, Banks lost her cool and called the openly gay columnist a “messy f****t.” Now drawing the ire of GLAAD and several media outlets, the young Interscope signee may have a bigger battle on her hands than she expected.
The clash between Angel Haze and Azealia Banks has resulted in moderately interesting music, but is more notable for the fact that there was very little subliminal pawing before direct shots were fired. Though neither party produced anything approaching the level of a “Takeover” or “Ether,” it was refreshing to hear two artists that had problems with one another take it to the studio and name names almost immediately.
Hopefully, the pair can kiss and make up and you know…put an album out at some point, but here’s to the ladies for not wasting time, and showing the fellas how it’s done. Between Cassidy and Meek Mills’ war of relevance, braggadocio, and Photoshop and this unfortunate girl fight, beef is apparently hot again, and Twitter is the new Summer Jam screen.