Yesha Callahan

Azealia Banks Wants Black Media to Stop Covering Her

Screen Shot 2015-08-24 at 9.08.37 AMAzealia Banks is known for a lot of things, unfortunately, to some, her music isn’t one of them. Over the last couple of years, her Twitter beefs have brought her more attention than her music, and it’s quite a shame. Especially since she’s one of the most talented women in the music game right now.

With that said, Banks has a beef with black media.

She doesn’t want them to cover her.

In a series of tweets, Banks expressed her frustration against black media, citing a recent Ebony article about her clashing with Iggy Azalea. In her tweet about Ebony, which has now been deleted, Banks stated that black media was ‘counter productive’.

Guess she told us! Well not really.

Maybe Banks should spend less time trying to accepted by the ‘big house’ and flapping her gums on social media and tighten up her attitude and make music.

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  1. August 24, 2015 - Reply

    I was never into her music, so I never peeped any articles about her. Hope she finds peace soon.

  2. August 24, 2015 - Reply

    She is differently hurting obviously. There is no question about it. There could be a lot of things said, but what is best during this time is to build people up and hope for the best for our people. Black media is diverse. Not everyone involved in black media are Christians and this problem (of black artists being mistreated and under appreciated) existed long before Azealia Banks. It existed from a system of oppression and some people who are the victims of it want to lash out because of hurt and exploitation. So, we should show sympathy towards the young Sister. Also, she needs to know that the “big house” doesn’t respect our people one bit collectively. We can see the recent news about police misconduct and discriminatory practices to see that reality.

    Freedom is not about loving the big house. It is about loving ourselves and wanting the best for the masses of the people. If she doesn’t want the black media to cover her, that’s her business (and her right). Yet, everyone in the black media shouldn’t be dogged out since many folks in the black media have not only wrote the truth in print, but have been social activists in helping out black people in real life. a lot of people want her to succeed. We want her to succeed (even though I don’t agree with her on every issue. I don’t agree with all of her tweets on this issue). Young people like Azealia Banks needs more love, more inspiration, and more respect as a human being.

    • August 24, 2015 - Reply

      Truth I think Azealia might be a future Unsung episode, unfortunately. I think she is mentally ill and needs help.

      • August 24, 2015 - Reply


        I wouldn’t be surprised. Lyrically, she is very talented, but she is suffering massively pain and emotional hurt. I won’t kick no one when they’re down. She may have mental illness of depression. The Sister is young and hopefully, she can grow further.

      • August 24, 2015 - Reply


        You know what, a lot of artists actually do have untreated mental issues. That’s why you see so many turn to drugs to self medicate. The industry brushes them off as just “eccentric” instead of getting them help b/c if they get better, their artistry might change. Even consumers do the same thing. I remember folks always joking that Mary J Blige only makes good music when she’s mad, meanwhile the woman was really suffering all those years… and then there’s Amy Winehouse whose claim to fame was a song that was pretty much a cry for help and ended up dying. MJ was self medicating & ended up dying by the doctor that was enabling him. Whitney with drugs. Luther (folks still joke about “big Lutha vs lil Lutha”) & Gerald Levert with food. Folks sometimes act like artists are invincible until something tragic happens, but it could be that they are crying out and nobody’s taking them seriously b/c it’s all “art”.

  3. August 24, 2015 - Reply

    Her biggest problem is that she is insane, and she says awful things to get attention for herself. It makes sense really, considering that 212 was her only good song, and once that got played out, she needed to find a way to say “look at me.”

  4. August 24, 2015 - Reply

    I don’t even like rap music and just downloaded Azealia’s entire album last night, that’s how much I love it-she uses a lot of house or 90’s style dance music that I love. And some of her lyrics-wow. Nude Beach a Go Go is deceptive with that 1960’s beach music sound, but says some deep stuff about cultural appropriation of Black womens’ style. Brilliant imo and she has great stage presence-heck even Missy Elliott was working with her at one point and that’s huge. But she has said some nasty, gross things about so many people then she plays the victim, and seems to not have anyone close to her to pull her coattail about how to treat people. And she’s very confused-one minute calling White people devils, next calling Black people the n word and bragging about being in the big house. She needs to mature, fast.

    • August 24, 2015 - Reply


      Lyrically, she is dope and I love her word play on various songs.

    • August 24, 2015 - Reply


      You give great descriptions/reviews. Had me rethinking whether I should try her music one more time with just those few lines.

      • August 24, 2015 - Reply


        Thank you, Me. It takes a lot for me to listen to contemporary rap. I was listening to one of her songs this morning on the way to work and felt good and thuggish-lol. Great beats and arrangements. It’s cool to see a young Black woman assert herself like this in any genre; but it’s fascinating to see someone so lyrically bold yet so miserable.

        I agree with you that so many talented musicians self medicate due to depression. The link between creativity and mental illness is strong. And I like how you brought up drugs and food as examples, people use their vices to make themselves temporarily feel better. It’s like we admire very creative people, but many of them go through hell because they are so gifted.

  5. August 24, 2015 - Reply

    What in the world? It’s beyond obvious at this point that she is mentally unstable and needs serious therapy (and maybe medication). It’s always the most talented ones. At this point, I feel she should just be ignored.

  6. August 24, 2015 - Reply

    I agree with some of her past commentary, but this here…she needs to go sit down. If Black media doesn’t cover her, who will? Does she think MSM will show her in a better light? Azealia, have several seats.

  7. August 24, 2015 - Reply

    No, sweetheart you’ve done the most damage to your brand. Azalia is like my neighbor’s maltese: always running yapping.

  8. August 24, 2015 - Reply

    Despite occasionally delivering an astute critique of American racism and institutional oppression – I mean, even a broken clock is right twice a day, amirite? – she usually comes off like a raving lunatic. Though I appreciate her musical talent (I thought her album was very good), I have no time for her inconsistent and largely incoherent musings on social justice. As for who has caused the most damage to her brand…well, that would be Azealia herself.

    She also fails to understand that white mainstream publications have even less love for her than the Black media she decries. You want to be left to the wolves? Sure, no problem…but don’t come bitching to Black folks later about how misunderstood you are. Ain’t nobody got that for that.

  9. August 24, 2015 - Reply

    I hope she gets some professional help. She is very troubled.

  10. August 25, 2015 - Reply

    she should be careful what she wishes for – – she may get it

  11. August 25, 2015 - Reply

    A. Banks hasn’t ever impressed me nor shocked me with her shock-inducing statements. She has always been one to bark the loudest, but not back it up. Her statements don’t surprise me given that she was no different than Nicki Minaj in lowering other black women to uplift herself. Since she’s spoken out against black injustices specifically those against black women, I’ve long wondered if her brand (yes, even low rank artists have a brand) was to be believed or if it was another way for her to reintroduce herself to possible fans

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