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Azealia Banks Just Called Cardi B A "Poor Man's Nicki"

Shots fired?

So is it safe to say that Azealia Banks isn't a Cardi B fan?

The Bronx-bred rapper is celebrating a huge achievement this week, having become the first solo female rapper to reach the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in nearly 20 years, but not everyone is lining up to congratulate her.

Tweeting from her anonymous-ish @XoCheapy Twitter account, Azealia Banks called out black men in the hip hop industry for supporting Cardi, The Boombox reports.

"I'm sorry. Black industry men are too hype for this Latina girl I've never seen them jump like this for remy or nicki," she wrote in a series of tweets that have since been deleted. "Spinning this 'for the culture' story when they are simply letting white men at Atlantic buy them into hating their own women."

"Charlemagne and black men in hiphop should have gotten me, remy AND nicki a number one before they gave cardi or iggy one," she continued. "But literally white guys buy black men away from black women and it's soo cringe."

After another user pointed out that Cardi is half black (her mother is Trinidadian and her father is from the Dominican Republic), Banks wrote, "She's only black when black want to include themselves in a success story."

When another fan pointed out Azealia's previous statements supporting Cardi, Banks responded, "Because I thought she was gonna be a Latina hottie and not a poor man's nicki. It went the other way now I'm over it."

"I wanted spicy Latina and she gave me poor mans nicki," she wrote in response to another tweet.

She then called out the music industry for trying to copy Nicki Minaj's path to success, writing, "There's an entire industry set around trying to emulate Nicki's business model and it's quite cringe. I'd rather just Nicki and some VARIETY."

You can check out screenshots of Azealia's tweets, captured by @famgotdajuice2 on Instagram, below.

It's surprising that Azealia, who seems to be all about ignoring sterotypes, seems to be "over" Cardi because Cardi isn't as much of a "spicy Latina" as Azealia expected. (Azealia also went in on Cardi for not being intelligent enough to be the face of women in hip hop, which reeks of the same type of respectability politics that Banks so often rails against.)

That being said, Azealia did get dragged for her racist comments about Zayn Malik way back when, while Cardi's "won tung soup" comment about Kim Jong Un hasn't resulted in the same type of widespread criticism.

What do you think? Sound off in the comments below.

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