Azealia Banks Says Cardi B is a Caricature (UPDATE)

If you’ve been keeping up with Azealia Banks, then you already know that she is not a fan of Cardi B.

She’s criticized Cardi plenty on social media, and Cardi herself has clapped back.

Azealia dropped by to chat it up with the Breakfast Club crew, and she explained why she’s just not here for Cardi.

When asked why she referred to Cardi as an illiterate and untalented rat, this is what she had to say:

I feel like maybe two years ago, the conversation surrounding black women’s culture was really reaching an all time high. We were really discussing our power of ourselves. Beyonce came out with Lemonade…there was just really this intelligent conversation going on nationally. And then everything kind of changed and then it was like Cardi B.

I’m just talking about this caricature. This caricature of a black woman that black women themselves would never be able to get away with.

If my spelling and grammar was that bad, I’d be cancelled. If Nicki Minaj spelled like that, we’d be ragging on her.

I just don’t understand how we go from Beyonce and Lemonade, Solange and all of these great conversations, Black Lives Matter and these conversations to…this.

I just don’t understand the extreme lack of couth. I’ve never seen that. I’ve never seen that at the forefront of female rap. I didn’t know that the standards, the bar would be lowered so much.

Overall, the interview was really interesting. She also addressed her fallout with RZA, gender inequality, Trump and why she feels people shouldn’t get so worked up over her opinions.

She also called Charlamagne out for making Lil Mama cry.

Check out the clips and full interview below.

UPDATE: Cardi has responded. Check out the tweets below.

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  1. I mean she made some good points, but she should talk less about other artists and talk more about her art. She’s too talented for all this drama.

  2. I’m not going to pretend that she’s not right about a lot of things she said about Cardi. However, talking about Cardi, Bey, etc. is not helping her career. Sometimes you just have to worry about yourself.

    1. She really does. Especially when she’s dragged the same people she praised in this interview.

  3. Cardi will respond because she’s too sensitive for this business. Let me sit down and wait on it.

  4. I’ve been saying this all along. If Cardi was a dark skinned black woman pregnant and humping on a stage during a performance, she’d be dragged from here to kingdom come, the black community would have ended her. Cardi plays victim but it doesn’t change the truth.

  5. I like Cardi but she always has to be the victim. She’s not the only artist who gets criticism. There are people who have been in the game much longer than her who get way more criticism for just breathing. You don’t see them whining about it everyday on Twitter. She needs thicker skin asap. And most black women have already come to the same conclusion about Cardi that Azealia has. We still listen to her music but we ain’t deaf, blind or dumb. She gets away with a lot. And she would not if she looked like Azealia Banks. That’s facts. Not hating.

  6. Cardi is a caricature. She knows this and plays up to it because it’s made her rich. So why is she mad about Azealia pointing out the obvious?

  7. Cardi needs thicker skin. I can’t believe she let Azealia run her off IG and private her Twitter account. She should have paid Azealia dust like everyone else does.

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