Yesterday, seemingly apropos of nothing, Azealia Banks went on a bit of a Twitter tirade about people claiming to be from New York who haven't lived there long. Recent New York resident Angel Haze – whose song New York is built around the refrain "I run New York" – assumed this was a dig at her, and a fairly unpleasant Twitter spat ensued, culminating in Haze eventually deleting her tweets. Banks assumed this was because she was running scared, while most of Twitter thought she was taking the high ground and getting on with her life. A couple of hours later, however, Haze returned with the delirious, synth-melting, Diplo-produced On the Edge, a "diss track" she claimed to have knocked out in 20 minutes. Amazing, lyrical bon mots come thick and fast: "Bitch I'm in the 313 / With a fucking meat cleaver, like who want beef?" and "I want you bitches so scared that you mental break / So you'll forever be broke with expensive taste." Hitting Banks where it hurts, she then spits: "Bitch put an album out / I think my album's more done than yours and I just started a week ago," dragging in producer Paul Epworth, who has been working with both artists on their respective albums. And there's no let-up in sight, with Banks tweeting this morning that "diplo just calls me and tells me she [Haze] wrote that track months ago and he had nothing to do with it". Can't we all just get along?
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