Outspoken hip-hop star Azealia Banks has found a new target for her Twitter rants after taking aim at Kendrick Lamar for recent remarks he made about the killing of unarmed Michael Brown in Missouri.
Banks has been voicing her concerns about members of the hip-hop community who have not spoken out about the African-American's death at the hands of a while police officer, and it appears even those who do comment on the tragedy in Ferguson and a grand jury's refusal to indict the cop who shot Brown while investigating a theft, face the 212 hitmaker's wrath.
On Friday (09Jan15), Billboard editors published Lamar's remarks about Brown's death and the ongoing racial unrest the incident sparked - he said, "I wish somebody would look in our neighborhood knowing that it's already a situation, mentally, where it's f**ked up. What happened (to Michael Brown) should've never happened. Never. But when we don't have respect for ourselves, how do we expect them to respect us? It starts from within. Don't start with just a rally, don't start from looting - it starts from within."
His remarks irked Banks, who took to Twitter.com and criticized Lamar for making his comments to "a white publication".
She added, "'When we don't respect ourselves how can we expect them to respect us' dumbest s**t I've ever heard a black man say... Lol do you know about the generational effects of poverty, racism and discrimination?There are things in society that benefit a select few of us. fine... But don't put down the rest by saying they don't respect themselves.
"HOW DARE YOU open ur (your) face to a white publication and tell them that we don't respect ourselves... Speak for your f**king self. I really pray for the minds of the urban youth, I really do because I was once on the side of feeling like I wasn't owed anything... Once on the side of feeling like black people ain't s**t because that's what America and my social studies textbooks taught me.
"Becoming an adult and doing my own research has REALLY opened up my f**king eyes, and I get upset to know that... There are still young black kids in our public schools being indoctrinated with the same s**t they pumped into my head."