Azealia Banks. Anytime the name manifests, a simultaneous harkening to an excerpt from Lil’ Kim’s verse on Mobb Deep’s Quiet Storm Remix follows, “Hot damn h* we go again.” Banks has never shied away from keeping it a buck, diving headfirst into controversial statements and claims without a shred of caution or concern.
Where to start? Her laundry list of public beefs is notable for their range and fervor. She’s went to war with, let’s see now: T.I. & Tiny, Beyoncé, Eminem, Lana Del Rey, Pharrell, Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, Erykah Badu, Rihanna, Cardi B, Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea, Remy Ma, Zayn Malik, and often unprovoked. She had a spat with a then 14-year-old Skai Jackson of Disney fame. Azealia even went in on Lily Allen and her husband’s children saying, “Your husband looks like a thumb.” After a retort from Allen, Banks responded, “I’ll be a one-hit-wonder but you have ugly children and a coke habit…..Shhhhhhh. #SHUTUP.”
Last week, Azealia had a new mark. 2020 Presidential Candidate Kanye West. 2020 is something else. In a recent Instagram story post, Banks alleges, “You don’t have f—ing bipolar disorder. You’re a closeted (explicit)! That’s what this is really all about.” Furthermore, she advises him to “cleanse himself of the demons” and warned that she might reveal the things he has done.
Recently, alarmed fans and followers voiced concern over her ‘new do’: a shaved head. Citing the choice by Brittney Spears from yesteryear, Banks posted a video of her making the same move on social media stating, “I feel like Britney b—h on some 2007 s–t. I’m going to shave my head, b—h, just to feel fresh again. The way these coronavirus cases are going around, I’m very scared to have someone take care of my natural hair. I’m going to keep a baldie and I’m going to rock my wigs.”
Azealia Banks cuts all her hair off 💇🏽♀️ pic.twitter.com/tLCJiQ3bVF— Rap Alert (@__rapalert) August 2, 2020
Well, it turns out that the Internet’s intuition wasn’t entirely baseless, as she’s recently reported suicidal ideations during a string of Instagram story posts, “Yea, I think I’m done here. This pandemic, extreme lack of social interaction, no intimacy, combined with constant public ridicule is making life harder than it’s worth. I’m not begging for attention or asking for sympathy/empathy…… I’m just ready to go. Peacefully of course. My soul is tired. I’m ready to go. I will document my last times and release a film for you all to finally understand me, from my perspective. I will try my best to finish the project I promised beforehand. With whatever strength left.” Lastly, she added, “Please don’t bombard me with messages. I am not in pain. I am at peace.”
Despite some unfortunate tiffs and overtly divisive commentary, it is refreshing to witness an outpouring of support for Azealia and her life’s sanctity all across social media, from fans, followers, and fellow celebrities alike. Her public trials indicate the pressing need for mental health care, particularly for Black women, who are often our most vulnerable citizens.
Azealia Banks gave fans an update and more information on her mental state, saying she’s very emotional and all over the place right now.