10 Times Azealia Banks Was Ruthless on Twitter

Azealia Banks is feuding with Cardi B, with Cardi most recently calling "hater" Banks out for singing along to her Billboard Hot 100 No. 1hit "Bodak Yellow."

In a now-deleted Twitter rant posted Monday (Sept. 25), following the announcement that Cardi had scored her first No. 1, Banks said accused Cardi of only being black when "black want to include themselves in a success story," while also noting of "Bodak Yellow" that "I wanted spicy Latina and she gave me poor mans nicki" (in reference to Nicki Minaj).

On Tuesday night (Sept. 26), Cardi posted a video to Twitter of Banks jamming out to "Bodak Yellow" in a club. "One of the reasons Bodak Yellow went #1 cuz even the HATERS LOVE IT !!" Cardi tweeted with the video. This appears to have landed with Banks, whose Twitter account is now nowhere to be found.

All of this brings into focus the extensive history Banks has with attacking other artists -- gaining her a notoriety that partially earned her a Billboard cover in 2015, along with the headline "Wait, Azealia Banks just said what?" -- and people in general. And so, we compiled some of Banks' most ruthless Twitter beefs.

Nicki Minaj

In 2012, Banks was offered to accompany Nicki Minaj on tour in Europe -- an invitation Banks declined, because she was finishing her debut album. Minaj later tweeted "#ManTheseBitchesDelirious," , allegedly in response to Banks' decision.

Banks responded as if Minaj had actually uttered her name, in a string of tweets laced with suggestions such as "Use good grammar when insulting other" and "I don't believe 'Rap game' hierarchy..........Sorry."

It didn't end in there. In 2016, Banks posted a long now-deleted note to Minaj (which the account @BeyElite screenshot before its deletion.

Rita Ora

In March 2013, Rita Ora posted a photo wearing jelly shoes -- Banks was not having it. "@RitaOra I already did the jellies last year girl," she tweeted. "Try again. I can't with these girls."

The back-and-forth took a nasty turn away from jelly shoes when Banks also tweeted, "She's mad she's Rihanna's understudy. She's been TRYING IT on this tour man.....Lol Rita Ora is so thirsty. She climbed over the wall of my dancers dressing room to snap photos."

Allegedly, Ora texted Banks saying, "At the end of the day I don't know who the fuck you think you are secondly you don't know me I've done nothin' but try b nice to u 3rdly ur dancers were talkn to me further more I'll see ur ass at the motherfuckin concert."

All of this has since been deleted from public record, but still exists here.

A$AP Rocky

In April 2013, rapper A$AP Rocky gave an interview to Couveter in which he suggested dark-skinned women shouldn't wear purple lipstick. Though not aimed directly at Banks -- and this is becoming a theme -- she took it personally and responded. 

"Lol @ asap rockys lipstick advice," she tweeted then. "Some people should just come out of the closet." 


Yet again one-sided, Banks took aim at Pharrell after -- according to her -- he failed to promote a song they worked on together called, "ATM Jam" that Skateboard P produced and sang the hook on.

"The reason ATM jam did poorly is because pharell changed his mind about wanting to be associated with me after he had his lite skin comeback," she tweeted in Nov. 2013

She then tweeted another charged message directed at Pharrell: "Lite skin n----s are funny. But fuck it what's new? Azealia banks having to scrape claw and fight for what she wants. This is normal for me now. Giving a fuck, fucks shit up for me."

T.I. and Tiny

In 2014, Banks said that Tameka "Tiny" Cottle had "meth face." T.I. responded via Instagram saying, "U musty-mouthed-thot-bot-bad-body-syphilis-lipped-rectum-vomit-unimportant-ugggggly-monstrosity-of-a-maggot-ass BIIIIIIIITCCHHHH!!!!!! If u speak ill of my family again..... I WILL END YOU!!!!!! #OnPHIL #OnDOE #NoBuuulllshit people fall down stairs daily.... U better watch yo step,u ungly-ass Gremlin-baby #nerveofdisCretin #fuckouttahea"

To read Banks' extensive response to that, including a quaint "At least I can read! LOL," go here.

Banks and T.I. have a beef history dating back to 2012.

Kendrick Lamar

In January 2015, Banks took exception to something Kendrick said in his Billboard cover story. "I wish somebody would look in our neighborhood knowing that it's already a situation, mentally, where it's f---ed up," Lamar told Billboard. "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."

Banks tweeted indirectly in response, with a barrage of related messages: "When we don't respect ourselves how can we expect them to respect us" dumbest shit I've ever heard a black man say... Lol do you know about the generational effects of poverty, racism and discrimination?.. There are things in society that benefit a select few of us. fine.... But don't put down the rest by saying they don't respect themselves... HOW DARE YOU open ur face to a white publication and tell them that we don't respect ourselves.... Speak for your fucking self."

For the full rant, read here.

Iggy Azalea

Most crudely, Banks responded to an interview in which Azalea revealed that the criticism she had received since breaking into music made her contemplate suicide. Banks commented on Instagram encouraging Azalea's suicide. 


#AzealiaBanks stepped into #TheShadeRoom and she has some strong words for #IggyAzalea

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In the time since, Banks and Azalea have apparently mended their animosity, as Iggy announced a collaboration with Banks in July.



Following Beyonce's release of her visual album Lemonade in April 2016, Banks sounded off with the unpopular opinion that she didn't like it. More than just saying that, though, Banks tweeted, "If she wants to help us, she'll SHUT UP and let the new vanguard of black women come forth, instead of poaching from us."

Read the full Twitter rant directed at Beyonce and attacking her "blackness" here.


In May 2016, Banks was suspended from Twitter after first insinuating that Zayn was stealing her work. Zayn responded by tweeting, "My @'s too good for you. No lies ... I see you reaching but I don't care." Banks didn't take that well, so she launched into a totally unneccessary and awful Twitter rant insulting Zayn's ethnicity. 

"U.S.A IS ABOUT TO TEACH YOU WHO NOT TO F--K WITH!!" she wrote at the time. "When your entire extended family has been obliterated by good ol the U.S of A will you still be trying to act like a white boy pretending to be black? Do you understand that you are a sand n----- who emulates white boys' renditions of black male hood? Do you know how lost and culture less you are?"

She continued, "Lol u a bitch n---a for even responding like that. Keep sucking this yung rapunxel d--k u hairy curry scented bitch." 

In August 2016, she commented on Instagram that Zayn "legit looks like he used to be a girl. He gives me transman teas."

In October 2016, she finally issued a public apology.

Skai Jackson

Following Banks' crude comments to Zayn, Disney star Skai Jackson (then 14 years old) tweeted "Azealia Banks needs to simmer down a little."

And in case you were questioning whether anybody was off limits to Banks, the answer was decidedly shown to be no when she responded to Jackson by tweeting, "and you need to grow some hips and start ur menses. stay in a child's place." Jackson clapped back with "When a no hip having 14 year old has more class than you. Worry about your career. Get one."

For more of their Twitter back-and-forth, read here.


Eminem has built an empire upon profane lyrics, and when he freestyled controversially on Sway In The Morning in July 2015. In four tweets, Banks said, “Eminem, you could be my little wrinkly faced lover in the wee hours...You cute...BUT!!!!!: ........ You still chose to make a joke of something that wasn’t funny. Making fun of a woman who was knocked out cold bc she was unable to defend herself. I have been a victim of domestic violence and it’s just not funny. PLUS: you go after unsuspecting women and use them as jokes in ur raps but I bet you’d NEVER press Jay-Z in that way.” 

We aren't necessarily mad at Banks for this one.