disRESPECT.: The Femcee Problem
Beef between rappers is nothing new in hip-hop. It’s a widely-accepted part of the culture, and oftentimes it brings about some entertaining moments. Beef between female rappers, however, is so prevalent its become a joke.
Azealia Banks got into another Twitter spat recently, although this time it more or less appears to have been brought on by newcomer Angel Haze. Haze felt disrespected by Banks tweeting a general statement about “non-New Yorkers repping New York” and went on to tweet furiously and eventually release a diss track.
Azealia responded to the diss less than 24 hours later.
The disappointing part of this latest beef is that Angel Haze actually appears to be a legitimate MC whose recent Classick mixtape showed real talent. Lowering herself to petty social media squabbles simply lumps her in with so many other female rappers whose beefs have overshadowed their careers.
Yes, Azealia Banks can rap and she has certainly cultivated a fanbase, but you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who would legitimately claim she is more known for her body of music than her cyber shots. Be it Angel Haze, Kreayshawn, Iggy Azalea, T.I., Jim Jones, Lil Kim or others, her beef body count may rival Curtis Jackson’s in his heyday.
The eternal struggle for women to be truly respected behind the mic in rap must start with a ceasefire of monthly Mean Girls reenactments. Both rappers can attract plenty of attention with their fingers on keyboards, but the right attention will come from what they say on the mic.