On Friday, Azealia Banks appeared on the popular radio program “The Breakfast Club,” where the conversation quickly shifted from her music to her lingering problems about fellow rapper Cardi B. Banks was blunt and unkind with her musings, likening Cardi to an “illiterate, untalented rat” and a “caricature a black woman.” As she rationalizes: “Two years ago, the conversation surrounding black women’s culture was really reaching an all-time high. There was just this really, really, really intelligent conversation going on nationally and then everything just kind changed and then it was like Cardi B.”
Cardi B soon got wind what Banks thought about her, and in a now-deleted Instagram statement, defended the persona and musical style she’s honed throughout her career. She said, in part:
Cardi B also took issue with Banks’s “illiterate” jab. “Just because I mix a few words up forget to use commas or misspell a few words,” she wrote, “doesn’t make me illiterate and doesn’t make me stupid.”
As a result this back-and-fourth, Cardi B deleted not only her original statement, but her entire Instagram account. You’ll get the dreaded Sorry, this page isn’t available memo if you click her page.