Azealia Banks Doesn’t Want You to Call Her a ‘Gay Icon’ (We Weren’t Going To)
Azealia Banks has taken time off from fighting celebrities on the internet and actually put out some new music. Today, the 26-year-old rapper released a new track titled “Chi Chi” on her website that also sells handmade soaps.
During the track, Banks raps, “Live from the zoo, this the new 212,” referencing her seminal hit single that landed her a record deal with Interscope and Polydor Records.
“Chi Chi” is good, but it’s no “212.”
Banks raps on the first verse of “Chi Chi”:
Hands up, it’s a hold up
Keep them pies hot n*gga, pack the heater in the holster
Slip the clip in and pop it, they tried to G me on the quota
I could picture ya noggin’ rockin’, you peasy on the corner
I stretch it with the soda
Whip the cream to the top, pot Betty with the shoulder
Got the keys to the drop top, but I’m in the Rover
Keep them fiends on that clock, clock, came to get the dough up
Regardless of the track’s merit, we’re just over Azealia Banks in general.
Azealia Banks is more familiar with controversy than putting out music.
Earlier this year, Rihanna was caught in the crosshairs of the professional internet troll. Like the rest of us, Rihanna was disgusted over Donald Trump’s executive order banning immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries and took to social media to speak out about it. Banks didn’t like this very much and attacked Rihanna, citing that because she wasn’t a citizen she should’t speak out about these issues.
And we can’t forget all the drama she has stirred up by using the word “faggot.”
On a flight back in September 2015, Banks was involved in a confrontation with a fellow passenger and the flight crew. At one point she called a Delta employee a “fucking faggot.”
Banks has an uncomfortable history with the word. Two years prior, she referred to Perez Hilton as a “messy faggot,“ and later in a SiriusXM interview she explained that she uses the word to mean “a man who disrespects women,” be they gay or straight.
She ended up apologizing in 2016, saying:
“Ok, i’m never saying the word F****T ever again. The amount of people that get hurt when i use the word vs. the amount of people i’ve said it to are just not worth it. Honestly… This isn’t a cop out, its just me realizing that words hurt. and while i may be immune to every word and be thicker skinned than most, it doesn’t mean that i get to go around treating people with the same toughness that made my skin so thick.
Banks’ history with the homophobic slur may be why she doesn’t want to be referred to as a gay icon. (And why anyone would think to give her that title is beyond us.) But today in a tweet, one fan claimed Banks is not only a black icon but an LGBT one as well.
The fan tweeted: “I definitely agree ur a black icon. But I also think ur iconic in the LGBT industry as well and it’s amazing you can be both.”
Like us, Banks didn’t like this association either and responded:
Yes but I will never “claim” to be a gay icon. Because that’s just a whole can of worms ….. https://t.co/3dKEH7FymO
— ? CHEAPYXO ? (@XoCheapy) June 5, 2017