Azealia Banks must have gotten common sense for Christmas, because she just issued an apology to Beyoncé.
In 2016, Banks poked at the Beyhive when she came for the Queen in a series of social media posts that not only criticized the greatness that is Lemonade but also claimed that Beyoncé had sold her soul.
Now, it’s 2017, and Banks was allegedly nicer than naughty this year (for once), since Santa bought her some damn sense. In an Instagram post that further fuels my quest for IG to put a limit on captions, the “rapper” stated that her earlier words had come from a place of feeling “left out”:
@Beyonce, I apologize for throwing tantrums in the past. They totally came from a place of feeling left out.. you’ve inspired so much of the way I think about/value you myself as a performer and I ADORE you. Your presence in the art world and on earth is supernatural and am so so so inspired by you.
Beyoncé isn’t the first artist to whom Banks has issued an apology. The rapper is basically on her own version of Ruben Studdard’s “Sorry for 2004” tour; but in her case, it seems that 2004 might be synonymous with life. To date, the artist has handed out apologies to Lil’ Kim, Nicki Minaj, Zayn Malik and even Iggy Azalea. At this point, I sincerely hope she has a template for all her apologies so that she can utilize her time effectively.
If Azealia Banks had just stopped and thought before she spoke, all of this could have been avoided—or maybe she just delights in looking ill-advised. In the case of the latter, there’s an African-American proverb that warns us not to save those who don’t want to be saved. We should utilize it.