The flames of old feuds were fanned this week as a beef between rap goddesses Iggy Azalea and Azealia Banks was reignited. We're only into the first exchange of un-pleasantries in this new duel, but the round is already going to Banks, who threw some of the nastiest, subtlest shade at the Trap Gold Queen on her newest track, "Used To Being Alone."
The brawl began again when Iggy Azalea expressed her desire to hold on to old grudges. In a new interview with Elle Canada, Iggy recounts her least favorite memories from 2015, which include her venomous Twitter exchange with the "212" rapper: "If I could, I would Men in Black memory-erase 2015, I totally would... I think the Azealia Banks thing is what really started it all. We don’t like each other on a personal level, and that has gone on for many years—before the Black Lives Matter incident happened. So when I dismissed her, people started to think that I dismissed the whole movement, but I wasn’t trying to dismiss Black Lives Matter—I was trying to dismiss her because it's our personal shit. I don't think the subject matter of her tweet was invalid; I just think it was emotionally charged and driven by something else, and the whole thing got so misconstrued. I just wish I had acknowledged the issue head-on because it made people think I don’t care about what’s going on socially and what’s happening in America, and I do care. Even though I still hate Azealia Banks, I wish I had said it in a way that didn't make people think I was oblivious to the movement. And I wish I hadn't gotten into a fight with Papa John's!"
As we all know by now, Banks isn't one to back down from a fight. Only shortly after news of the diss started going viral, The Count Contessa started teasing something on twitter:
And then, as promised, Banks dropped a musical atomic bomb on the situation:
Did you catch that? It took me a few listens to really get how devastating this burn is.
Yes, that's right, under the soulful crooning and re-contextualized New Order lyrics is a sample from Iggy Azalea's "My World." BANKS MURDERED IGGY WITH HER OWN BEAT.
Here's the original Iggy track for context:
The surprise drop from Banks comes only a few days after releasing another, incredibly positively received track, "The Big Big Beat," produced by a heretofore unheard of artist named An Expresso. Pitchfork described the new jam as "in-your-face impressive, filled with the kind of lush braggadocio the 24-year-old rapper has cut down to a formula ... the type of track that's capable of filling dancefloors in seconds, proof that a cavalcade of controversy isn't nearly enough to squander real talent."
Here's that new track, while we're at it:
The new tunes are supposedly taken from a forthcoming Banks mixtape (yup, this old song and dance again), although not many details are known about that at the moment.
Your move, Iggy.