While the majority of the hip-hop community has been vocal about the disturbing outcome of the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases, no one has had more to say about other rappers’ responses (or lack thereof) than Azealia Banks.
On Friday (Jan. 9), just hours after Billboard‘s Kendrick Lamar cover story published, Banks eviscerated the TDE rapper for his comments on Ferguson in our publication.
For context, here’s Kendrick’s full quote to Billboard: “I wish somebody would look in our neighborhood knowing that it’s already a situation, mentally, where it’s f—ed up. What happened to [Michael Brown] should’ve never happened. Never. But when we don’t have respect for ourselves, how do we expect them to respect us? It starts from within. Don’t start with just a rally, don’t start from looting — it starts from within.”
That didn’t sit right with Banks, who criticized Lamar (not by name, but she directly quoted him) for the content of his comments, and for giving them to a “white publication.” Billboard reached out to reps for Lamar and Banks for comment.