As part of a compilation MTV News compiled of Atlanta, Georgia rapper T.I. responding to “difficult and controversial questions” from the past six months, a video featuring the Southern wordsmith responding to Azealia Banks past tweets about him and his family, was featured.
In the video, T.I. revealed that it was “cowardly” for Banks to post tweets and then delete them. He then went on to compare Banks and her tweets, which he felt “unnecessarily kick up dust” and “create controversy,” to that of a person drowning and having no means to save themselves.
“That was cowardly.” T.I. said. “Listen, I think anytime we—How do I say? Speak on certain matters that are above us we merely bring attention to all of our weaknesses. You know what I’m saying? And her speaking on my family, on my people, I think the people then look at her. They look at this person who had this to say, ‘Let’s see what they look like. My word. You should have said that with a mask on. Burn the baby pictures.’
“Ever since this person has been introduced into the community, if you will, they’ve done nothing but unnecessarily kick up dust,” he added. “Create controversy, confusion. With not enough works to justify the confusion or the hype or the controversy that surrounds their likeness…It’s just like when you see a person out in the middle of the ocean drowning. They kicking and screaming. They kicking and screaming. They splashing a bunch of water. They have no real strategies. No real application of skill to get them through this situation. They’re just kicking, wailing, screaming, splashing, until they eventually drown.”
Earlier this year, Azealia Banks and T.I. took aim at each other in a brief social media feud. The feud between the two artists began when Banks sent the following tweet about T.I.’s wife, Tameka “Tiny” Cottle: “U want no mediocre but … Have you seen your wife?”
T.I. then fired back on Instagram, calling Banks a “musty-mouthed-thot-bot-bad-body-syphilis-lipped-rectum-vomit-unimportant-ugggggly-monstrosity-of-a-maggot-ass BIIIIIIIITCCHHHH.” He then threatened to “end” Banks if she was to ever “speak ill” of his family again.