Azealia Banks—who, we’ll remind you, still has yet to release her oft-delayed debut LP Broke With Expensive Taste—has decided to go back on the offensive with Lady Gaga.
In a series of tweets, Banks took Gaga to task for jacking the song “Red Flame.” ”Make sure u let them know where u got the title for red flame from. U stole that from the demo I sent u,” she said in a (since deleted) tweet at Gaga. “You can have it. Plenty more where that came from. Seriously. . . This one is free. Next time I’m charging.”
There are a handful of problems with this. First, it’s unclear whether or not Banks is upset that Gaga took the song “Red Flame” wholesale (was that supposed to be the collaboration between Banks and Gaga that she jettisoned from ARTPOP?) or if she’s just bummed that she’s using the title “Red Flame” (which makes even less sense, considering the ARTPOP track list has yet to be completed and Broke With Expensive Taste doesn’t contain a song with that name). Gaga did not respond to the tweets, and as mentioned, the initial message was deleted from Banks’ Twitter feed.
This isn’t the first time Banks has gotten up in Gaga’s cyber-business. Following Gaga’s show-opening, seashell-centric performance at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, Banks took umbrage with Gaga’s adoption of mermaid couture, a non-trend that Banks has claimed as her own. (Was that the reason Gaga abandoned The Little Mermaid in favor of The Wizard of Oz?)
The saddest thing about this whole exchange? As a punctuation mark on her latest Twitter outburst, Banks tweeted, “Team Katy,” as though anybody on the Internet was still talking about the chart showdown between Katy Perry and Lady Gaga in the 2013 Fall Diva Wars. Doesn’t Banks know that the real cyber juice comes from writing about Miley Cyrus?
Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP will be released on November 8. Azealia Banks’ Broke With Expensive Taste will be out eventually, probably.