Azealia Banks Blasts Pharrell Williams

Azealia Banks, Pharrell Williams

Azealia Banks Blasts Pharrell Williams

Harlem rapper lashes out at Skateboard P for lack of support.

Published November 12, 2013

Azealia Banks blames Pharrell Williams for the less-than-stellar reception of "ATM Jam," the lead single off her forthcoming Broke With Expensive Taste debut. 

Banks lashed out at the Neptunes frontman, who produced and sings the hook on the track, via a Twitter rant this morning (Nov. 12), claiming that he selfishly pulled his support. "The reason ATM jam did poorly is because pharrel changed his mind about wanting to be associated with me after he had his lite skin comeback," Banks wrote in a series of posts she later deleted. "Lite skin n----s are funny."

After the first couple tweets, Banks stopped targeting Williams directly in place of more general statements like, "But f--k it what's new? Azealia banks having to scrape and claw and fight for what she wants. This is normal for me now."

Skateboard P never responded, but as Banks implied, he hasn't been promoting the single and doesn't appear in the music video.

The lack of support however, may be about Williams' busy schedule. Aside from getting married last month, the Virginia native has had a successful work year, due in part to his feature on Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," which he co-wrote, and produced. The monster single spent a record 12 weeks on the Billboard 200 and is currently at the center of a legal battle launched by the children of Marvin Gaye who claim the song is a rip-off of his 1977 release, " Got to Give It Up."

As for Banks, she's used to burning bridges. Intentional or not, the 22-year-old has beefed with several other artists on Twitter, and in the December issue of Elle UK magazine likens herself to Kanye West. "Kanye and I are like the same person but boy and girl. We're pulling from the same cloud, the same inspiration," she explained. "We're the two premiere avant gardists in Hip Hop music. It's just me and him. I think our consciousnesses are swirling around each other in some weird kind of way."

'Ye was one of the early rap stars to jump on board with Banks after her "212" single blew up online. 

Broke With Expensive Taste is due out next year. is your #1 source for Black celebrity news, photos, exclusive videos and all the latest in the world of hip hop and R&B music.    

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Written by Latifah Muhammad


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