A Full Timeline of Iggy Azalea's Beefs, From Azealia Banks to Halsey
Although she hasn’t released an album in three years, Iggy Azalea's name hasn't been forgotten. Known for causing controversy -- usually having to do with racial appropriation -- the Australian rapper has beefed with everyone from Azealia Banks to Snoop Dogg.
Billboard has put together a complete history of all of her celebrity feuds from 2011 all the way up to Azalea's latest beef with Halsey. Check out the timeline below.
September 9, 2011
Days before the release of her debut mixtape Ignorant Art Iggy releases a video for her song "D.R.U.G.S." In the video she sings over the beat of Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Look Out for Detox’, “When the relay starts, Im a runaway slave… Master, hitting on the past gotta spit it like a pastor.” This is an allusion to the lyric from his song, “When the relay starts, I’m a runaway slave.”
September 13, 2011
October 9, 2011
Iggy claims that getting booed offstage at Canal Room in New York was the driving force for her career. After the show, she took to Twitter to address the alleged female haters. "It was kinda awkward cause this girl stood in the front row my entire set screaming ‘your pussy suckssss!!!’ ! Lol #whyyoumad." The video from the show that night tells a different story however or a particularly happy crowd with only one male booing her at the 6:26 mark.
October 19, 2011
In a tweet that was later deleted Azealia Banks wrote, "how sexy is iggy azalea?? it’s kind of ridiculous … *tugs collar to let out steam*." Starting out as a girl crush the feud with Banks will become one of Azalea's worst.
October 20, 2011
Azealia Banks tweeted, "once wrote a song called ‘Barbie Shit,’ but nicki minaj blew up like the week after so i took it down, lololz. i felt corny. Also wrote a song called P-U-$-$-Y before Iggy Azalea." Iggy responded with, “its NEVER been about who did it first… its ALWAYS been about who did it better.” Banks retweeted Iggy’s insult and wrote back, "i know right?? lmfaooo. haha." And the beef begins.
In an interview not long after the tweet, Iggy reflects on the tweet claiming Banks said, "I’m next level, I had a song about being a Barbie before Nicki Minaj had a song about being a Barbie. Here’s the link to my song. And fuck Iggy Azalea, I had a song called ‘Pussy’ before she ever did. Here’s a link to my song. It’s better." ...essentially nothing like the original tweet.
October 21, 2011
December 2, 2011
When someone tweeted "Iggy Azelia Banks iz weird" Banks was fast to respond with "We’re two COMPLETELY different people hun. :-\." Iggy did not respond.
December 9, 2011
Iggy announces her new album's title, The New Classic. Possibly directed toward Banks.
December 19, 2011
A$AP Rocky and Banks are spotted holding hands in New York. This puts fuel in the fire with Banks who grew up with A$AP and his crew in Harlem.
January 13, 2012
Iggy responds to claims about feud with Banks, "I have no deal with her. I don’t know her personally. I said it about Kreayshawn, too. If I don’t know you personally, how could I have a problem with you? What would I have a problem about? I don’t know that person … I don’t know you. I truly don’t understand it. I just keep making my own music, and I’m deaf to that. What is there to say? Nothing."
January 17, 2012
Azealia Banks tweets, "Iggy Azalea’s hair looks really great in her new video. How long do you all reckon that hair is? 40" in?"
January 18, 2012
Azealia Banks reportedly signs to Universal.
January 27, 2012
Iggy told Billboard that she signed to Interscope saying, "I’m super happy about it." She made statements about other labels, mentioning Def Jam specifically, claiming they would’ve made her their “guinea pig.” She later claimed that Jimmy Iovine called her "the new Tupac." She later tweeted, "Get used to me + jimmy [Iovine] smashing shit, cause thats the plan." Keep in mind Interscope Records is owned by Universal, this will be relevant later.
January 31, 2012
Azealia Banks tweets, "You can never be a young BLACK girl enjoying her life and having fun. There’s always some shady, dishonest cracker looking to assassinate your character. No offense to anyone." and later, "Ok. i apologize to anyone who was offended by that tweet. I shouldn’t generalize my personal issues. forgive me." and later, "Why am i being criminalized for being myself?"
February 7, 2012
Iggy is the first female to be featured on the cover of XXL magazine for their Freshman List. Azealia was not having any of it, tweeting, "Iggy Azalea on the XXL freshman list is all wrong. How can you endorse a white woman who called herself a ‘runaway slave master’? Sorry guys, I’m pro black girl. I’m not anti white girl, but I’m also not here for any1 outside of my culture trying to trivialize very serious aspects of it."
Iggy later tweets "You can’t block my blessings! Today I’m celebrating! Get with it or kick rocks!"
March 2, 2012
Azealia Banks announces she’s signed to Interscope/Polydor, take a guess who is also coincidentally signed to the label.
March 10, 2012
On DJ Drama’s radio show in Atlanta Iggy is asked about Azealia’s reaction to the XXL cover, "This is my day and it’s my achievement." She said, "You have to work to have your own achievements, with all due respect." TI who is now Iggy's boss adds "Strategically if she really cares about a freshmen cover maybe she could hope that she’ll suck enough to get shelved and then next year when the freshmen cover comes back around, maybe she’ll still be a freshman."
March 12, 2012
Iggy writes an open letter apologizing for her "runaway slave-master" lyric "It was a tacky and careless thing to say and if you are offended, I am sorry. Sometimes we get so caught up in our art and creating or trying to push boundaries, we don’t stop to think how others may be hurt by it. In this situation, I am guilty of doing that and I regret not thinking things through more."
March 25, 2012
Azealia Bank's releases alleged dis track about Iggy called "Fuck Up the Fun."
March 27, 2012
Iggy's then-suspected boyfriend A$AP Rocky says, "They got to cut it out. That’s some bullshit. Iggy is not racist. Trust me. Trust me. That’s petty for Azealia because … don’t pick on her cause she white. That’s a low blow."
May 18, 2012
Rumors of Iggy being dropped by Interscope surface. Iggy claims that she was never on Interscope just manged by them despite a tweet on February 7 2012 that says "im managed and signed to Interscope." Many had suspicions that Azealia was behind it.
April 23, 2013
Iggy shares the news of signing to Def Jam on Twitter. Take a look at a January 27, 2012 Billboard interview where she claimed Def Jam would’ve made her their “guinea pig.”
June 18, 2013
Iggy is questioned by radio host Sway Calloway about possible plastic surgery. She responds with, "Yes, eyelashes are real. I’ve heard a bunch of crazy things: that it’s my underpants. I heard I have implants, I hear all kinds of crazy stuff. It’s my flesh. It’s my butt."
Fans begin to uncover old racist Tweets and Iggy receives massive backlash. She claims that it is unfair because she was able to "joke" but because of her celebrity she is no longer able to. See a few of the tweets below:
September 13, 2013
When asked about using a "black voice" in an interview for the cover of Complex she responded with, "If you’re mad about it and you’re a black person then start a rap career and give it a go, too. I’m not taking anyone’s spot, so make yourself a mixtape. Or maybe if you’re black, start singing like a country singer and be a white person. I don’t know. Why is it such a big deal?"
May 15, 2014
Tyler the Creator is asked on 106 & Park which female artists he’d sleep with. When prompted about Iggy he says, “She stinks. She got shots in her thump. I want real booty. You feel me?” Iggy later tweeted, "Tyler the creator is beyond immature. I’ve always believed you had something more to offer the world, Shame to see you be so rude,” she said. “People that make enemies and talk shit about ppl they’ve never even said hi to trip me out. I see it all the time… Strange world." Iggy's then-boyfriend Nick Yong also had something to say: "If ppl dnt hate then it want be rite @IGGYAZALEA it smell good to me". Tyler apologized in his typical fashion with: "SUCCESSFUL, TROLL SUCCESSFUL, IGGY I DIDNT MEAN TO HURT YOUR FEELINGS."
June 6, 2014
Iggy criticizes Lorde in an interview with Billboard for her collaborative performance with the surviving members of Nirvana at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Iggy said, "Nothing against her, but I think when you're doing a tribute to someone that's dead, generally it should be the person's peer," Azalea commented. "Lorde is not Kurt Cobain's peer. No matter if she killed the performance or not, I just don't think it's appropriate." Lorde responded with: "I enjoyed it. I had a good time. That’s all that mattered." Iggy later apologized on Twitter, "I consider lorde my very talented friend. I find it ironic 2 girls tell the media theyre full of shit & weeks later supposedly I dislike her."
May 26, 2014
Love & Hip Hop star K. Michelle tweets, "How can you be from another country and rap like you’re from Memphis, TN?"
June 29, 2014
In Nicki Minaj's acceptance speech for Best Female Artist at the BETs she allegedly took shots at Iggy who had been criticized for suspicion of using ghost writers. Minaj said, "What I want the world to know about Nicki Minaj is when you hear Nicki Minaj spit, Nicki Minaj wrote it."
July 3, 2014
Iggy responded to the speech in a screenshot of a letter from her notes page on Instagram. She wrote: "I have to say the general explosion of pettiness online in the last few days is hard to ignore and honestly…lame. If I had won the BET award, that would’ve been great but it wasn’t my year and I don’t mind – so you shouldn’t either. Generally speaking, I’m unbothered by anything that 'happened' at the BET Awards and just feel worn out by everyone trying to make me have wars with people all the time. Anyone who wishes me well is welcome in my life, and those who don’t can’t get any more of my time. I hate to see everyone exhausting themselves on my behalf over things that I’m still not 100 percent sure even exist and don’t matter. Just let it go." Nicki later backtracked and responded with "The media puts words in my mouth all the time and this is no different. I will always take a stance on women writing b/c I believe in us!” on Twitter. "
July 9 2014
In the wake of the BET Awards, Madd Mary releases direct dis track, "Eff Iggy." Notable lines include: "Ignorant, impudent child of wealth and white privilege who benefits from the oppressive agenda of white supremacists," "You just too damn afraid to engage in intelligent conversation about misappropriation of hip-hop," "Prejudiced trash, send you back to Aussie land strapped for cash."
July 10 2014
Allegedly Iggy posted a photo of her, Drake, TI and B.O.B captioned "Me and Ma Nigg's." Public Enemy's Chuck D tweeted, "a new straight path to slavery Here comes a endorsed sanctioned CORPlantation artist with A line straight out of 1853." After it was discovered that she never captioned the photo that Chuck D wrote: "True or not the IGGY thing is a reality when you call yourself with the slaveass term that was branded on skin & today marketed, sht happens."
September 24 2014
In an interview Rah Digga calls Iggy out, "Don’t come to America and try to convince me that you’re Gangsta Boo … Personally, I don’t consider [Iggy] Hip Hop. I listen to her album. Everything that I hear on there is everything but that. And I feel like Hip Hop is Hip Hop." Iggy responded to the comment on Twitter with, "I honestly don’t really mind if I’m described as rap or pop. My passion is purely making music and entertaining."
October 12 2014
A photo of Azalea without makeup went viral and Snoop Dogg even joined in. He posted this photo on his Instagram and the feud began.
Iggy responded to the Instagram with a string of tweets calling him out for being two faced and about how her bodyguard "stopped the fire truck that saved your friends life in canada when he almost burnt down the hotel." Shortly after, TMZ ran a story about Iggy being "fuming mad over Snoop's insta slam." The two went back and forth with Azalea tweeting her feelings while Snoop continued to post memes on his Instagram clearly not bothered by the incident.
October 12, 2014
Iggy and her friend are followed into a grocery store by paparazzi. Clearly extremely angry her friend spits on the pap. The photographer going on to call the spit assault because he may contract AIDS or Ebola Iggy says, “Okay, I hope you have Ebola. I hope you die. You’re a fucking cunt.” The fight continues and Iggy even tried to ram him with her shopping cart calling the grocery store a "private place."
October 15 2014
After a call from Iggy's manager TI, Snoop squashed the beef in a video.
October 27 2014
Snoop is asked by a paparazzi if he will ever collaborate with Iggy. He responds singing the chorus of "IDFWU."
November 18 2014
Eminem releases a dis track about Iggy where he jokes about raping her. Iggy responds in a tweet saying, "im bored of the old men threatening young women as entertainment trend and much more interested in the young women getting $ trend. zzzz."
December 3 2014
Unlike the majority of the members of the hip-hop community, Iggy is absent at protests supporting the Black Lives Matter movement and does not speak on the issue of police killings of unarmed black men. Azealia Banks is the first to call her out on it, "its funny to see people Like Igloo Australia silent when these things happen… Black Culture is cool, but black issues sure aren’t huh?" Iggy subtweets, "we’ve all read the script 49584068408540 billion times now, find a new game plan."
December 5 2014
Iggy is nominated for Record of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Pop/Duo Performance, and Best Rap Album for the 2015 Grammys.
December 18 2014
Azealia Banks calls out Iggy during a Hot 97 interview for appropriating black culture as well as discussing race relations in America eloquently.
December 19 2014
Iggy goes on a Twitter spree. "Special msg for banks:" she tweeted, "There are many black artists succeeding in all genres. The reason you haven't is because of your piss poor attitude." She went on to call Banks a "bigot."
December 20 2014
Q-Tip tweeted attempted to enlighten Iggy in a string of tweets one of them read "@IZZYAZELEA Hip-hop is a artistic and socio-political movement/culture that sprang from the disparate ghettos of NY in the early 70's." He goes on to discuss how the connection between hip-hop, social and political issues will never be detached. Iggy did not respond.
An anonymous hacking group claimed that they would leak rumored sex tape pictures if Iggy did not apologize for her actions. They wrote, "You are guilty of misappropriating black culture, insulting peaceful protesters, and making light of Eric Garner’s death". Their account was then suspended.
December 22 2014
Iggy chimes in in a string of tweets stating, "i find it patronizing to assume i have no knowledge of something I'm influenced by, but I've also grown up with strangers assuming that." She goes on to say, "how you feel about me blending musical genres together doesn't bother me, no one is making you support or buy pop rap albums."
January 30 2015
Iggy has another Twitter freak out over some unapproved shots for her upcoming shoe line in collaboration with Steve Madden. One of the tweets read, "Tainted with these God awful images that Steve madden took appon themselves to create and share without my knowledge. Gross gross gross." She later apologized on Instagram claiming she loves the company and "artists clash sometimes."
February 8 2015
Probably the most random of all of her feuds... Papa Johns Pizza! Apparently her delivery man sent her personal phone number around so she tweeted at the chain and they responded lightheartedly and Iggy was not having it. "I don’t think data breach is funny." She continued, "I expect you to contact me to explain how you are going to rectify your breach of my personal information in a satisfactory and professional way or lawsuit will be filed."
February 18 2015
After returning home from vacation to see people criticizing her body in paparazzi photos Iggy announces that she will no longer run her social media accounts.
June 29 2015
Iggy called out Britney Spears and her team for their lack of promotion for the duos collaboration on “Pretty Girls”. She tweeted, “its difficult to send a song up the charts without additional promo and tv performance etc. unfortunately I’m just featured”. Britney responded on Instagram posting a photo that read “DONT LET IDIOTS RUIN YOUR DAY.”
August 10 2015
ComicBook NOW! tweeted ‘The Last Airbender' is to movies what Iggy Azaelia is to music.’ Of course Iggy could not help herself and responded with "think its another one of those jokes only middle aged men who get boners over comic book movies understand.”
September 16 2015
In a Hot 97 interview, TI said that he no longer speaks to his former protégé Iggy. He says he walked away from the relationship after Q-Tip tried to teach Iggy about cultural appropriation in hip-hop music and her response was not ideal. Iggy responded by saying, "I don't think the radio is the right place to talk about personal issues."
October 12 2015
When Rita Ora named Iggy as a potential collaborator for a Lady Marmalade remake Azalea quickly shut her down tweeting, “Please leave me out of the whole Lady Marmalade conversation. I have nothing to do with ritas ideas & agree it should be left alone. Thanks.”
November 29 2015
Erykah Badu hosts the Soul Train Music Awards and throws shade at Azalea during her opening monolog. She pretends to receive a phone call when when she answers it says, “Uh yes? Who is this? Iggy Azalea? Yeah, hey. Oh, no, no, no, no, you can come, 'cause what you doin' is definitely not rap." The audience seemed to love the joke but Iggy once again took to Twitter posting, “We are days from 2016, but i came online today and saw its still cool to try and discredit my 2014 accomplishments. LOL, fucking hell.”
December 4 2015
Badu responds to Azalea linking to her tweet and writing, “Well that’ll be the LAST time I send an uber for you! I can guaran DAMN tee you THAT.”
Jan 22 2016
In his song “White Privilege II” Macklemore calls out himself, Iggy, and other for cultural appropriation. He raps, "The culture was never your to make better. You're Miley, you're Elvis, you're Iggy Azalea." Iggy, very upset by the fact that old friend Macklemore did not even warn her about using her name in the song, tweeted, "he shouldnt have spent the last 3 yrs having friendly convos and taking pictures together at events etc if those were his feelings."
Brooklyn hip-hop artist Talib Kewli was bothered by Iggy’s reaction to the reference. He tweeted, “The fact @iggyazalea thinks Macklemore song was a diss to her, instead of actually listening, is proof of her privilege. Fuck Iggy Azalea.” The two continued to beef back and forth on Twitter with Iggy posting, “still tweeting i see? I thought this was about macklamore? rap is global now and it has sub-styles. pop-rap is part of that.” No apology has been made.
March 2 2016
After Iggy spoke poorly about Azealia Banks in an Elle cover interview, Banks calls out Iggy’s recent plastic surgery saying, “Mentioning me is the only thing that will get you attention. Because ur music and nose job are trash.”
March 30 2016
D’Angelo Rusell posts a video of Iggy’s finance Nick Young openly implying that he was cheating on her. Iggy sarcastically tweeted, “hmmm i see D Angelo Russell is trending... I actually liked his film. Thanks bro.”
June 9 2016
Iggy announces breakup with fiancé Nick Young, “Unfortunately although I love Nick and have tried and tried to rebuild my trust in him,” Azalea wrote on Instagram, “it's become apparent in the last few weeks I am unable to. I genuinely wish Nick the best. It's never easy to part ways with the person you planned you're [sic] entire future with, but futures can be rewritten and as of today mine is a blank page." Young had a less kind response simply tweeting, "Single."
June 30 2016
It shortly after came out that Young's ex-girlfriend Keonna Green is pregnant with their second child together. In a string of tweets, Iggy detailed her feelings on the incident. One read, “I broke up with Nick because I found out he had brought other women into our home while I was away and caught them on the security footage.” While another said, “I find it baffling anyone would make the choice to bring a child into the world under these circumstances + want attention and $ for it.”
June 19 2017
Addressing Iggy as “Igloo” Azealia Banks jokes about a possible collaboration on her new song, “What if… Igloo [Iggy] was on Anna Wintour.” Iggy took this as a peacetime gesture and posted videos on her Snapchat about squashing their beef.
June 22 2017
In an unrelated interview, Halsey has some not so nice things to say about Azalea. “There’s a lot of people I wouldn’t put on my record” she said. “Iggy Azalea— absolutely not. She had a complete disregard for black culture. Fucking moron. I watched her career dissolve and it fascinated me.”
Iggy responded on an Australian talk show saying, “I thought it was a bit of a strange thing to throw that out there, but she's young and I hope she learns maybe to be a bit less judgmental when she's kind of in the same shoes.”