Consider the battles of the Azaleas squashed, for now.
Azealia Banks and Iggy Azalea have been trading shots since their beef popped off back in2011, but it would appear that that those days are behind them. When Azealia reached out and suggested the two bury the hatchet and record an internet-breaking collaboration, Iggy responded to Banks' olive branch via Snapchat:
“I just want to say FYI; re A. Banks. Call me crazy but girl; I don’t hate you. I don’t know you to hate you,” Azalea wrote. “I believe you may want to meet me in person so you can steal a lock of my hair and cast a spell hoping I die (lol) I don’t agree with many of your opinions but honestly, at times I empathize with you as a creative Gemini woman. I wish you had spoken to me before deciding I was out to get you when we first came on the scene, but that’s also typical Gemini reaction shit (I get it). As a 27 year old adult woman just know: I wish you well from one human to another and joke collaboration or not as adults we should move past trivial beef with strangers.”
After Iggy's response, Banks acknowledged the snap via her Instagram. She then reached out to XXl for a statement, elaborating on her own desire for reconciliation:
“I think a true reconciliation can happen once there is some acknowledgment of what hip-hop has been trying to tell her. I still don’t think she quite understands the effect her racial privilege and the socio-economic leverage that comes with it has on a marginalized group of women’s culture,” Azealia said. “Race aside, this is also a women’s issue. I hope that there will be a chance for us to have an open discussion about this, as I feel America and the world could really benefit from some candid discourse between two public figures about the world’s biggest sickness: racism. I wish for women of the future to be able to refer to this moment in women’s culture as an example of what can happen when people take time to understand.”
So there you have it. For now, the hostility seems to have abated. Perhaps the two emcees will one day be able to have a face to face discussion, and perhaps even a collaboration.