According to Azealia Banks, Beyonce and Rihanna – America’s two BIGGEST FEMALE ARTISTS – copied her style.
She also posted a screenshot of a comment from an Azealia Banks fan, and responded with this lengthy paragraph:
“I am definitely the most influential female rapper post nicki Minaj. I may not be the most popular .. but definitely the most influential. My words are powerful, when I speak the people ALWAYS react. I have a way of putting pressure on people to create the art world I want to live in. I see loads of girls running around with my 2011 aesthetic and whether they credit me or not… I can 100% see the impact I’ve had on female rap culture. It makes me know that I’m not, and was never crazy. I’m happy to contribute to the arts in whatever way I can. Even if people don’t give me the credit… I can see how my influence has inspired so many of the artists I looked up to as a child and so many artists that came after me. That to me is the truest success. When I see new girls come up wearing the looks I wore and adopting my themes I feel validated. Like I’m doing the job god put me on earth to do.”
The scandals surrounding Azealia Banks often overshadows her talent. She is a very talented rapper an has always merged her witchyness with her music. As we were not privy to the studio session between her and Rihanna, we cannot say for sure whether or not this statement is true. But most artists are trying to distance themselves from her, so we doubt anybody will be stepping up to cosign her statements.
Here’s what she said: