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Cardi B responds to Azealia Banks' criticism: 'I'm from the hood, I speak how I speak'

Azealia-always talking 'bout somebody-Banks spoke about Cardi B and peeps "lowering the bar" for her. 

Azealia started off by saying that her mom listens to Cardi B and other artists. “She actually listens to all the new hip-hop stuff,” she said. “She’s listening to Cardi B, J. Cole, and Young Thug. I love some of it. I think a lot of it is kind of like, once you hear one of the songs, you’ve kind of heard them all.”

Azealia went on to explain why she once called Cardi an “illiterate untalented rat.” 

“This is gonna sound really deep and like a lot of ideas all at once. This is a verbal stream of consciousness,” she said. “When I look at black women’s culture, you think about the power the media has, the media had the power to get rid of me and they have the power to make anyone the forefront. ‘This is what we’re trying to grab black women’s consciousness with right now.’ 

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“I think that it’s very concerning to me, that this conversation surrounding black women’s culture changes,” she added. “Maybe two years ago, the conversation surrounding black women’s culture was reaching an all-time high. We were discussing our power amongst ourselves. BeyoncĂ© came out with Lemonade and there was a really intelligent conversation going on nationally. And then, everything just kind of changed and then it was like, Cardi B.”

Azealia also said Cardi represents “a caricature.” 

“I’m just talking about this caricature of a black woman that black women themselves would never be able to get away with,” she said. “If my spelling and grammar was that bad, I’d be canceled. If Nicki Minaj spelled like that, you’d just be ragging on her all day. I don’t understand how we go from BeyoncĂ©, Lemonade, and Solange, Black Lives Matter, and all of these conversations to this. I know we’re not monolithic, but come on…I just don’t understand the extreme lack of couth. I’ve never seen that at the forefront of female rap. I’ve never seen that. I didn’t know that the bar would be lowered so much. It was kind of like a culture shock. The bar went from Beyonce/Lemonade [to that].”

Cardi responds!

Well, Cardi B caught wind of Azealia's comments and she responded with some comments of her own on @channelofshade's IG page:

Watch Azealia's full interview below:


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