Azealia Banks Claims She Had RuPaul's 'American' Album Removed From Spotify With Plagiarism Claim

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Azealia Banks performs on Sept. 15, 2017.

In a series of tweets sent out on Saturday (June 2), rapper Azealia Banks claimed that drag star and reality show host RuPaul “ripped off” her song “The Big Big Beat” with his own song “Call Me Mother,” and said that her claims led to the removal of RuPaul’s entire American album from Spotify.

As of Saturday (June 2), American is no longer available to stream on Spotify, while it remains available on iTunes, Apple Music, TIDAL and Pandora. It is Spotify's policy to remove any record from their platform when it is under investigation.

The rapper’s initial tweet said that she had the song removed from Spotify, after which she issued a message to RuPaul: “You will not step on my little black girl toes bitch. You will take your razor bumps and pumps to the nearest laser hair removal clinic and seethe. @RuPaul BYE UGLY.”

The rapper continued and tweeted that she is “filing claims,” and that RuPaul reached out to her following the matter. “Where was that energy when you were stealing my work and using me as inspiration for your campy ass television show?” she wrote. “I’m disappointed in him first and foremost as a black person. He was supposed to have my back … But he went with popular white gay sentiment and felt like I was disposable enough to steal from and discard. Fuck him.”

A Twitter user pointed out that while the song had been taken down from Spotify, it was still available to listen to on iTunes. Banks retweeted the post, writing that she was working on having it taken down from iTunes as well. “Spotify agreed it is a rip off and Apple is still litigating. Bye ugly!” she wrote.

Read Banks’ full Twitter remarks below:

Billboard has reached out to Spotify and RuPaul's team for comment.


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