Azealia Banks slams Australians for being “violent and belligerent” and the country for being “too far away”.
Banks’ criticism to Australia started when Paul “Browny” Brown, a radio broadcaster from Brisbane, congratulated the US rapper for “completing her first ever full Australian concert”, the Sydney Morning Herald wrote.
“You guys are terrible crowds to play for. You’re violent and belligerent and I simply will not put my safety at risk. I would’ve walked off stage had someone thrown something,” Banks tweeted back.
Brown’s tweet made reference to Banks’ walkout during the Listen Out festivals in Sydney and Melbourne in 2013 when she stormed off the stage in Sydney and Melbourne after beer cans were thrown at her, The Guardian wrote.
Banks was in Australia once again to perform at Byron Bay’s Splendour in the Grass festival over the weekend.
After her appearance in Byron Bay, the American rapper performed sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne before the Twitter war between her and Brown and others started, the site added.
Banks wrote on Twitter, “You guys are too far away and honestly, the show guarantees are never really worth the trip but I love my fans and will do anything to make them happy, Sincerely AB.”
The US rapper has been known to picking fights with fellow artists including Pharrell and Lady Gaga. However, this is first time she has taken on an entire country, the Sydney Morning Herald said.
Banks also took his rage to the organizers of Splendour for the allegedly disrespectful nature of a blurb in their “artist book”, tonedeaf.com reported.
Banks wrote on her Twitter account, “I saw that sh*** blurb you wrote about me in the artist book. It was obviously written by some divisive white person.”
She added, “All the things you could’ve written about me you chose that. I don’t think I want to work with you all anymore.”
The history between Banks and the Splendour in the Grass festival goes back to 2012 when she played for just 25 minutes apparently because of the “festival’s equipment,” tonedeaf.com said.