Iggy Azalea, Erykah Badu Twitter War Escalates

The war of words between Iggy Azalea and Erykah Badu took a hilarious twist this week with the host of the Soul Train Awards firing back at the Australian rapper’s response to her on Twitter.

As reported by the Dallas Observer, the beef started when Erykah Badu hosted the Soul Train Awards on November 29. In her opening monologue, Badu openly called out Iggy on national television after starting her speech by claiming to ban all rap from this year’s show.

Badu got “phone calls” from Andre 3000 and Young Thug, in which Erykah had to reiterate her no rap policy to the crowd. That is until she got a pretend call from Iggy Azalea, to which Erykah now famously replied, “Who is this? Iggy Azalea? Yeah, hey, you can come — because what you’re doing is definitely not rap.”

Erykah Badu Iggy Azalea Feud escalates
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“We are days from 2016, but i came online today and saw its still cool to try and discredit my 2014 accomplishments. LOL, f**king hell,” Iggy wrote.

Not to be outdone, however, Badu quickly posted her own Twitter reaction, directly responding to Azalea’s tweet in cheeky fashion.

Unfortunately for Iggy Azalea, this isn’t the first fellow artist to take shots at her work. Earlier this year Iggy was involved in a heated war of words between herself and rapper Azealia Banks, who accused the 24-year old of appropriating black culture for profit.

As reported by E! Online, Banks went on Hot 97 to rail against Iggy Azalea’s Grammy nominations.

“I feel like in this country, whenever it comes to our things, like black issues or black politics or black music or whatever, there’s always this undercurrent of kinda like a ‘f**k you,” she said.

“That Iggy Azalea s**t isn’t better than any f**king black girl that’s rapping today… The Grammys are supposed to be accolades of artistic excellence. Iggy Azalea is not excellent.”

A Twitter war soon erupted with Iggy defending herself and her music.

“Special msg for banks: There are many black artists succeeding in all genres. The reason you haven’t is because of your piss poor attitude.”

The hot button issue also found many artists choosing sides in the feud. Some, like rapper T.I. — who helped discover Iggy — took to defending his young protege. However, even that was short lived, as Rolling Stone recently reported that the Atlanta rapper has officially cut ties with Azalea following a different beef with rapper Q-Tip.

T.I. Cuts ties with Iggy Azalea
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The article explained how Azalea exacerbated the situation by dismissingly responding to Q-Tip’s plea in another Twitter post that read, “I’m also not going to sit on Twitter & play hip-hop squares with strangers to somehow prove I deserve to be a fan of or influenced by hip-hop.”

In the end, that was the last straw for T.I. and his team, who claimed Iggy’s response to the issue “undid” the work he put into smoothing things over with the hip-hop community. He wished them well after detaching himself from her team.

“I really do feel that they [Iggy’s team] just needed a little more time to adjust, which I feel they can do. They have the talent, they have the charisma.”

As for Iggy Azalea’s future, the Australian rapper gave fans some insight via her social media accounts.

“Im ready with my music but i am also trying to restructure some things to work smoother and better for me,” Azalea tweeted the same night she reacted to Erykah Badu’s Soul Train speech. Iggy also tweeted her 2016 resolution for her fans.

“I hope you guys find something to make you smile in 2016 and stick with it even when you feel silly or second guess your ability.”

When it comes to insulting Iggy Azalea, no one’s second-guessing Erykah Badu.

[Eryka Badu photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images – Iggy Azalea photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images]