A somewhat-dormant beef between controversial rap figures Azealia Banks and Nicki Minaj is once again active, thanks to a shady line in the “Beez in the Trap” vixen’s newly-released video game.
Love B. Scott is reporting that a screen grab taken from Nicki Minaj: The Empire, a mobile app co-created by the Trinidad-born music maker, depicts a scene where a character inquires the user about an artist named Fan2Sea, which sounds similar to a 2012 mix tape by Banks titled Fantasea.
“Have you listened to the new Fan2Sea album,” the animated avatar asks the player. “It’s like what a mermaid song would sound like!”
Interestingly, the album art of Fantasea also features an illustrated likeness of Azealia as a mermaid.
Following a prompt of what a “mermaid song” might entail (no pun intended), the Nicki Minaj video game character expresses that it wouldn’t be music to anyone’s ears, so to speak.
“[You know], sort of like a really loud, obnoxious screech that goes on for hours. Darius would be into that, right?”
Nicki Minaj clapped back at Azealia Banks in her own mobile game. ???????? pic.twitter.com/VljeVrgNPP— Music News & Feed (@Musicnews_feed) December 17, 2016
As most probably expected, once word of the Minaj video game mention got around to the brash Banks, the still-banned Twitter diva, as noted by the Inquisitr, popped onto Facebook to properly clap back in a long-winded post that has since been deleted.
“Nicki girl, now listen,” she starts. “Don’t start throwing shade because you miss [ex-boyfriend and Love and Hip Hop star] Safaree [Samuels], and know that I made a banger with him.”
“Don’t get mad, get even. Slim down a bit (especially in your neck and arms). Decrease the butt just a bit (I’ve seen your butt make some really expensive dresses look cheap), and stop wearing spandex for f***’s sake! Also, stop calling yourself the queen of rap. Queens don’t wear spandex, sweetie.”
Banks also compared Minaj’s relevance to that of fast-food eatery McDonald’s, saying that the high notoriety of both the chain and the “Starships” singer isn’t as complimentary as one might think.
Azealia Banks to Nicki Minaj ???????? pic.twitter.com/Gi9BbnoYD2— JetlagTV (@JetlagTV) December 20, 2016
“McDonalds sells a lot of burgers, but no one is telling McDonald’s that they’re the pinnacle of cuisine and taste,” Azealia stated. “This is [also] true of you.”
“You run around the meadow collecting all the low hanging fruit so you may turn around and congratulate yourself for having the most fruit, but all of the fruit is mealy and mushy.”
For those who are unaware, Banks’ issues with the Young Money starlet stem as far back as 2012, when the recording sessions for Azealia’s debut, Broke with Expensive Taste, got in the way of her joining Nicki’s Pink Friday world tour.
According to Complex, after Minaj cryptically subtweeted the message, “#ManTheseBi***esDelirious,” Banks took it as a personal attack and tagged her music contemporary in a mini-Twitter rant.
“Did you mean ‘delusional,'” the now-erased thread read.
“Use proper grammar for insulting others — I don’t [follow] rap game hierarchy. Sorry.”
Azealia would take her to task again following the August 2015 release of a salacious Madame Tussauds’ wax figure, as shared by Entertainment Tonight.
“All [people] are gonna do is go up to that statue and take pictures shoving their crotch in her face,” she surmised on Twitter (and correctly so, as Vulture shows).
Other than her alleged secretive social media rambles, the 34-year-old Minaj has seemingly never gone after Banks, 25, publicly. After removing her Nicki Minaj video game grievance from Facebook, Azealia implored her fans not to take her latest verbal assault too seriously.
“Deleting posts as I am not the same person I was two hours ago,” she claimed. “Hope you lot got your screenshots. It’s all jokes, guys. Calm down and enjoy the holiday.”
Minaj’s team have not responded on the video game mention.
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