Iggy Azalea and Azealia Banks' beef has roots. During an interview with Brooklyn Martino, the Grand Hustle rapstress explained the origins of her issues with the Harlem, New York spitter, stating that it all began at the CMJ Music Festival last year when Banks popped off about her on Twitter.
"It actually started at CMJ Music Festival back in September when she went on Twitter and said, 'I’m next level, I had a song about being a Barbie before Nicki Minaj had a song about being a Barbie. Here’s the link to my song. And fuck Iggy Azalea, I had a song called 'Pussy' before she ever did. Here’s a link to my song. It’s better.”
The issues didn't end there. Azalea says that she responded with a one-two punch tweet, but said that they didn't have beef. Banks took it to the next level when Azalea appeared on the cover of XXL's Freshman issue, picking apart her lyrics and accusing her of being racist due to her "runaway slave master" line.
"And then I wrote on Twitter, the best thing you can be is humble, because it's not about who did it first; it's about who did it better And then she wrote back to me and said, 'Beef!' I was like, not really girl. Not really. It's not that deep. Sot hen after that, she wrote on Twitter, 'Fuck white girls. They are privileged and shouldn't be allowed to rap, because rap is black culture' and all this other crap. Then, it was like, what does ignorant art even mean anyway? Music is not art. Music is culture. That doesn't even make any sense. Then, it was quiet until I got on the cover of XXL and it became me being racist."