"Two years ago, the conversation surrounding black womens culture was really reaching an all-time high", Banks said. Banks then said that this "really, really intelligent conversation" had ended with the arrival of Cardi B.
Banks' strong-worded reply comes after Cardi publicly blasted her, following Banks' comment that Cardi is a "caricature of a black woman". "If Nicki Minaj spelled like that, we would be ragging on her all day", she added. She wrote: "I'm from the hood. People followed me on Instagram and the people gave me a platform to introduce my talent". I've never seen that at the forefront of rap.
When Azealia then took a swipe at Cardi about her pregnancy with partner Offset, that was the final straw that seems to have led to the rapper shutting down her Instagram account. She most certainly deserves a place on current music charts that make space for Lil' Pump, G-Eazy, Kodak Black, French Montana and the abominable, Post Malone.
In the wake of a public roasting from fellow rapper Azealia Banks, Cardi B has deleted her Instagram account and made her Twitter private. She couldn't find enough bad things to sat about Beyonce when Lemonade came out, but today she's talking about great Lemonade was and how much Cardi B has ruined things, which were previously so great.
While Banks was doing that, Vermont Senator and leading 2020 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was complimenting Cardi B for her insight on the need to strengthen Social Security in an interview with GQ, where she impressed with her knowledge of presidential history.
The Bronx rapper eventually walks away, but someone screams out to her, "Come outside, you B**ch!"
We, however, will still be left with uncomfortable questions about how America cherry picks from our Black celebrities and why certain artists can "be themselves" and make money while others, who don't play easily into stereotypes or tropes are ethered or, in Banks' case, ignored.