Azealia Banks appears to have accused both Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga of plagiarism.
The rapper recently courted controversial after aiming racial and homophobic slurs towards Zayn Malik. She later apologised but not before being dropped from a UK festival booking.
Writing on Facebook, Banks has now alleged that Swift co-opted a nickname she invented for her ‘Bad Blood’ video and that Gaga took influence from her for the title of her ‘Artpop’ album.
In one Facebook post, Banks writes, “FUN FACT: “SLAY-Z” is a nickname given to Azealia Banks by one of her fans in 2014. a play on the Z in Banks’ name, and her propensity to release consistently awesome music, the nickname was lifted from her twitter account and featured as one of the characters in Taylor Swift’s ‘Bad Blood’ video. Azealia Banks reclaimed the nickname upon the arrival of of her self-released 2016 mixtape titled ‘SLAY-Z’.”
In another, she says, “FUN FACT: Azealia Banks created her own genre of music called ‘Witch-Hop.’ Coined by the success of 2012’s Fantasea Mixtape, Azealia considers her music to be inspired by the invisible world. 3 days after ‘Witch-Hop’ was declared by Azealia Banks to be a legitimate genre, Lady Gaga (also a fan of Azealia Banks) suspiciously titled her then upcoming studio album, ‘Artpop.'”
Later, Banks described herself as “the most widely criticised and widely ignored artist of all time”. She added, “While her equally controversial male peers are given an excess of room and public forgiveness to express themselves, (be it through drug trafficking, gun violence, misogyny, domestic violence, homophobia etc,) Azealia Banks has been demonized by the public at large for simply… tweeting. opponents of Banks often cite her ‘bad attitude’ as the reason for their avid disdain towards her.”
See Banks’ posts in full beneath.
Azealia Banks released her ‘Slay-Z’ mixtape in March. She recently declared her intention to quit rap to become a singer.
Video: Azealia Banks feat. Lazy Jay – ‘212’