Beef; The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Part 2

I love peace and harmony but I live in the real world. Beef is very necessary and welcomed situation that is embraced in Hip Hop. I believe Hip Hop should not be a case of rappers sitting around a camp-fire, hand in hand, singing Kumbaya. Put simply, negativity spreads faster. Hip Hop in a metaphorical sense is a blood sport – where we as the audience are intrigued onlookers. In the Hip Hop culture everybody wants to be the best. Growing up in London, this is very much echoed as people feel like their swag can allow them to float on water. The dichotomy in life exists between wanting to see our gangster rappers do gangster things and praying for peace when shit turns left.

The second installment in the Beef trilogy. I’m on my Rams “The Butcher” vibe, which if you are of the so-called “Hip Hop culture” is an homage to Vlad from Vlad TV. Before he was interviewing Lord Jamar, 80’s Kingpins who turned state witness and porno bitches (mattress actresses) he was famed for putting out Beef DVD’s exploiting the coons in Hip Hop. What has changed? (allegedly). At the age of 27 and on my current trajectory in life, family upbringing and along with outside interests, I honestly feel too old for this Hip Hop shit (most of the time) but I like to “feed my niggas” – aka the fans.

“Fuck rap”

The Bad – Azealia Banks vs Iggy Azalea

Yeah I said it. I’m CHARGED. The sacred fibre of Hip Hop was cited in this “catty beef” between the two hoes with similar names – Azealia Banks and Iggy Azalea. A proud woman of colour calling out the alleged “culture vulture” and white girl from Australia.

Is there a rule-book in Hip Hop? Who is the council that sit around the table and decide the rules? If it’s some off the wall back to Africa shit (Zulu Nation) – then the allegations are rife that there was anal priming by way of  ‘booty play’ back in Bronx project buildings in the 80’s – but let’s move on as I do not have a “hard on” (excuse the pun) for Hip Hop.

My heart bleeds for Azealia. This interview was a real tear jerker. She pours her heart out to the culture. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section…

The race card was pulled throughout this beef. Banks was visibly upset that Iggy had received a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album in 2014, which was a year that she scorched in terms of commercial appeal. I am not too abreast with female rap and truth be told I would not bump either of their “reccids” but that might have been the year that the tune “Fancy” came out. Not on the album but in 2014 she was on a TI song “No mediocre”, which was on constant replay in the Hip Hop nights in South Wales and I for one appreciated the “urban loving” caucasian females getting down to it. Banks was upset that this nomination would set a precedence for white Hip Hop fans to bombard the scene with their disingenuous natures.

I guess if you are white in Hip Hop you need to take the Macklemore approach and spill your guts to #BlackLivesMatter about how much you loathe white privilege. This is called white guilt. What has Eminem done for the #BlackLivesMatter movement? Of course, this is all tongue in cheek as you can probably tell. Iggy was probably culturally appropriating black on black relationships too by being with Los Angeles Laker “Swaggy P.” As a proud man of colour who comes from a MIXED background – Banks needs to take several seats. After all she was reportedly riding some rich white man’s D herself. Sleeping with the “enemy.” This Hip Hop shit is ass!

Banks rhetoric…

“When they give these Grammys out, all it says to white kids is, ‘You’re great. You’re amazing. You can do whatever you put your mind to.’ And it says to black kids, ‘You don’t have s***. You don’t own s***, not even the s*** you created yourself.’ And it makes me upset.” 

Banks was CHARGED. She was real political with her rhetoric. She didn’t like the fact that a Grammy nomination would inspire white kids to be whatever they wanted to put their mind to – in the context of Hip Hop. Pardon me for laughing. Perhaps, I should take her quote more seriously. The Grammy nomination for Iggy was a message to young black kids that they did not have shit. The last time I checked 95% (or a statistic similar to that) is Black. Can you name 10 white rappers? I can name 10 black rappers from a borough in New York.

Well, the artists are black but the record executives and major players in the label who cut the cheques – yeah, for another time.

It is sad that a great nation like America is plagued with such shocking race relations and that society is so fractious.

“At the very f***ing least, y’all owe me the right to my identity. That’s all we’re holding on to in hip-hop and rap.” 

Damn! Iggy was stripping Banks of her identity through this Grammy nomination. Now it is my opportunity to drop a gem for the babies within Hip Hop. How can a music genre be the only thing a race of people can cling on to? Hip Hop is THAT important that it defines the black race in America? Wow.

What did Iggy the priviledged white girl have to say for herself? Did she sweep it under the rug? Did she paint Banks out as the “angry black woman?”

“Make it racial! make it political! Make it whatever but I guarantee it won’t make you likable & THATS why ur crying on the radio”

Oh, it’s like that?! Minus the “make it racial” she took the Jay Z approach and assumed the role of the bigger artist, which at the time she was. Do you agree?

I mean what tunes has Banks had apart from “212.” What was her message in that? “I guess that cunt getting eaten.” Vulgar. Some typical Hip Hop shit. Do I take offence to that? Not at all. Hip Hop has no boundaries and no morals. It is celebrated ignorance for the most part. You know it and I know it. Hip Hop is not Public Enemy. In this day and age it is Future. Not to throw shade on him but we as consumers are in a different space.

We want to listen to ignorance. For a standard 3min 30 second track length –  we want to get high off opiates, spray hand-guns with extended clips at the opps, bang some thotties and stunt about how much dough we have. Keep it real.

Who won?

Who cares!

This is no Jay Z vs Nas. It is not even a Drake vs Meek Mill. It is simply a lot of hot air about nothing. A chick with one hit pitted against a chick with three hits.

Do both of them matter in Hip Hop? My answer would be no. Banks is entertaining as she continues to undermine anybody in her path and I giggle at it. Iggy should probably stop rapping and just model for a living but hey it’s Hip Hop. They are rappers. Not scholars.

In the words of Aubrey “Drake” Graham “Stay safe in these streets.”

I am going back to listen to my Future House and Pop. I’m what you call a “real nigga.” A man with honour who doesn’t fold, bend or break. When I wanna feel like a “coon” then I will listen to some Trap shit and pretend I’m high off lean and Quaaludes.



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