Azealia Banks: Remy Ma’s “Shether” Only Brought Up Her Value In The “Chitlin’ Circuit”
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(AllHipHop News) Hip Hop has spawned some historic lyrical contests such as KRS-One vs. MC Shan, Roxanne Shanté vs. The Real Roxanne, Boogie Down Productions vs. Juice Crew, Common vs. Ice Cube, Lil Kim vs. Foxy Brown, Jay-Z vs. Nas, 50 Cent vs. The Game, and Jadakiss vs. Beanie Sigel.
While many observers viewed Remy Ma’s “Shether” diss aimed at Nicki Minaj to be one of the high points in the legacy of on wax rap battles, Azealia Banks was not feeling the idea of the two stars going head-to-head in their music.
“These are like the two mainstream, bandstand black female rappers we have, and you guys pit them against each other and egged it on, and then brought Cardi B afterward,” Banks said in an interview with The B.L.A.C.K. Media. “Come on, Negroes. Come on. For that to happen was kind of like stupid. Men in Hip Hop should have been coercing them to work together. It looked bad.”
She continued, “It kind of brought Nicki’s value down. Even if it brought Remy’s value up, it didn’t bring her the right value. It brought Remy’s value up in the Chitlin’ Circuit.”
Azealia went on to say she believes Remy is talented, but the "212" rhymer also criticized Rem’s husband Papoose and The Breakfast Club host Charlamagne Tha God for promoting the conflict.
Bank’s comments that the Remy Ma/Nicki Minaj beef “looked bad on female rappers” and “looked bad on black women” came after she was engaged in numerous feuds of her own. Notably, Azealia has publicly blasted other female artists such as Nicki Minaj, Beyoncé, Lil Kim, Rihanna, Erykah Badu, Angel Haze, Iggy Azalea, Tameka "Tiny" Cottle, Cardi B, Rita Ora, and Kreayshawn.
In contrast, Remy Ma brought female rappers together at Hot 97’s Summer Jam 2017. The New Yorker shared the concert stage with Lil Kim, Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, Rah Digga, The Lady of Rage, Young M.A, and Cardi B. Rem reportedly reached out to Salt-N-Pepa, Roxanne Shanté, Eve, Yo-Yo, Da Brat, and Trina to get those femcees to join her that night as well.