Angel Haze Vs. Azealia Banks: Who Won?
It's no surprise that Azealia Banks got into a twitter fight with fellow New Yorker Angel Haze at the end of last week, Haze getting cagey when Banks ripped on poseurs who weren't from New York and things pretty much erupting from there. (Haze has since deleted her tweets but MissInfo put together a nice summary.) In 2012, Banks started crap with a who's who of female rappers, in the process becoming one of hip hop's most belligerent new Internet personas. What is surprising is that some actual music came out of this beef. Twitter fights nearly always end on the site where they began so it can be somewhat astonishing when some diss songs (there's an anachronistic phrase) emerge from the fray along with meaningless insults and bluster.
(Shockingly enough, this is actually the second rap beef of the year: Cassidy and Meek Mill have exchanged diss songs as well. But I dare you to find me 10 people outside the city limits of Philadelphia who are interested in that.) Haze and Banks are another story. Each is a capable, buzzworthy rapper--Haze with her thin, whipcord flow and raw emotional tracks and Banks with a nonchalant, bubblegum snap and a fantastic ear for production. So who got the better of whom this time? That's what we're here to determine..
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"On the Edge":
"Shut the Fuck Up":
Pros: Haze should get props even if her raps were trash for being the first to take this into the booth. Her first track "On the Edge" goes directly at Banks, Haze attacks her with personal information including an alleged history of sluttiness, her diminishing funds and her album delays.Then, after Banks response, Haze turns things up a notch, going hard at Azealia in every line over Pac's "Ambitionz as a Ridah" beat, which works great as a diss track. The following lines from that second track, "Shut the Fuck Up," are particularly vicious, both because they're nasty and because they have that ring of truth which makes a beef seem authentic.
In the industry they're talking about you... Interscope was scared for you They about to catch a brick, Azealia ain't making shit How much Twitter beef does it take to wanna make you get Into the studio and come up with a different flow Not try to recreate 212, the only shit you know
Cons: There are quite a few drawbacks on both of Haze's songs. On the first, she is giggly and unfocused, sounding half-hearted instead of setting an aggressive tone. And though she seems to know quite a lot about Azealia (the two used to be somewhat friendly), all that personal information goes into ad-libs, which Haze announces are hilarious, though they're mostly inside jokes. "Shut the Fuck Up" is a much better diss song than "On the Edge," but the track suffers from not being mastered, and it's a bit of a handicap to measure Haze's two songs against Banks' one song. Also, Haze mispronounces succubi (which admittedly, only really counts as a con if you're a snoot).