I ran across an article announcing that a new female rap artist named Azealia Banks has her own MAC lipstick color now. Having never heard of Azealia Banks, I googled her and watched a few videos. She's pretty and cool and quirky and raps about what you would expect a black female rapper to rap about…expensive things, her rap game take-over and the quality of her nana, peppered with a little aggression and desire to commit violence. You know, all the things I use to loathe about rap music in general. Nicki Minaj came along and singlehandedly made me a fan of this type of rap music. Specifically hers--the whole Black Barbie thing was irresistible because serious, who doesn't want to be a black barbie? So because of Nicki Minaj, I'm open to getting to know Azealia Banks.
I was happy to see another person getting shine other than Nicky Minaj. Love Nicki, but she was getting a verse on every other hot song on the radio for a minute. So when I read about Azealia, I was hopeful. Then I saw that she and Nicki were supposed to tour together and I was like, wow, these women are actually going to get along and be like rap BFFs. I was so looking forward to Nicki and Azealia's individual brands of quirk and awesome coming together to create quirk and awesome greatness. I had hopes of them doing songs together like Kanye and Jay Z. I think Kanye and Jay Z's professional bromance is a beautiful thing. They happily share the spotlight when they could easily and justifiably throw shade. I thought the women would embrace their fierceness and give each other their props. Apparently, though, it is not to be. I read that Azealia dropped out of Nicki's tour and some words were exchanged via Twitter. They seem like those women who claim they don't have female friends because ALL other females are jealous of them.*sigh*
The boys play so well together. Why can't the rap girls just get along? Is beef a requirement for PR before their debut albums drop? Why can't female rap artists coexist?