Please Let Azealia Bank's New Movie Be a Turning Point
    • THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2017

    • Posted by: Annie Brinich

    Azealia Banks, the sharp-tongued, outspoken rapper, whose vocal criticism/reinforcement of racism, homophobia and sexist double standards in the music industry have raised many an eyebrow over the year, has a new movie coming out in December. It's called Love Beats Rhymes, and it's about a talented, ambitious young rapper who explores slam poetry for musical inspiration. It's directed by Wu-Tang's RZA, and stars hip-hop legends Common and Method Man. As corny as the trailer looks, I actually do want it to be an okay movie because Azealia Banks, racist and homophobic tweets aside, needs a win.

    Let's look at the facts: Banks is 26 years old. Eminem was 28 when he released a track with the actual lyrics:

    "My words are like a dagger with a jagged edge
    That'll stab you in the head, whether you're a fag or lez
    Or a homosex, hermaph or a trans-a-vest
    Pants or dress, hate fags? The answer's yes."

    And that guy's had a long and fruitful career. That guy. Does that make Azealia Bank's out-of-the-blue racist remarks about Zayn Malik okay? No. Does it make her repeatedly attacking security guards and airline personnel acceptable? Definitely not. But let's not ignore that for some reason we let Marshall Mathers build a career on offensive lyrics and physical assault charges, while Bank's career sinks because of hers. This is with Banks openly discussing her history as a victim of abuse, her struggle with mental illness, and her working with huge names like Lady Gaga and Kanye West, only to be removed from final cuts of their albums.

    Banks also squashed her beef with fellow rapper Nicki Minaj a few weeks ago, posting on Instagram that, "If ANYONE is going to be heralded as the face of female rap for this generation it's Nicki, and if ANYONE deserves a number one record AND her very long overdue Grammy win, it's Nicki."

    I hope the movie is decent.

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