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Azealia Banks Criticizes Beyoncé’s ‘Cowboy Carter’ Cover, Calling It ‘White Woman Cosplay’

Beyonce cowgirl hat - Getty
Beyonce cowgirl hat – Getty

*Azealia Banks hit up social media this week to slam Beyoncé’s foray into country music, calling it “white woman cosplay.”

After Beyoncé’s Cowboy Cover album cover was revealed this week, Banks took to Instagram Stories to launch a scathing accusation, claiming that the superstar singer was pandering to white audiences, Complex reports. 

“Wow we didn’t even try to put even a little effort into a more artistic title? Sis I live for whiteyounce Donatella Bianca Bardot DOWN, but I’m kind of ashamed at how u switch from baobab trees and ‘Black Parade’ to this literal pick me stuff,” Banks wrote.

Banks continued, “There was so much pertinent cultural commentary to be made here. I don’t get why you have to be in white woman cosplay to make – (what’s really folk/bluegrass/adult contemporary) facsimile ‘country’ music.”

The rapper/singer describes Beyoncé as “boring and pretty all the time” and suggests that Cowboy Carter is Jay-Z’s idea, writing that his “strategies are corny and Beyoncé has better ideas.”

Beyonce - act ii Cowboy Carter artwork - via Instagram
Beyonce – act ii Cowboy Carter artwork – via Instagram

“Her legacy and freedom of expression is not [Jay’s] to share and I wish he would get over that. Sure Jay is an important figure in music but he is not THE STAR that is Bianca Bardot….Go somewhere n***a damn.”

She continued, “It’s just a lot. What the f*ck is going on y’all? ‘Cause sis, you been had the albums of the year, you don’t need white people to tell you that,” she said.

Below are screenshots of Banks’ remarks. Do you agree with her criticism of Bey’s country music era? Let us know in the comments.

Beyoncé’sAct II: Cowboy Carter” drops on Mar. 29.

Azealia Banks Blasts Beyonce’s 'Cowboy Carter' Era
Azealia Banks / Instagram Stories screenshot
Azealia Banks Blasts Beyonce’s 'Cowboy Carter' Era
Azealia Banks / Instagram Stories screenshot
Azealia Banks Blasts Beyonce’s 'Cowboy Carter' Era
Azealia Banks / Instagram Stories screenshot

READ MORE: Beyoncé was Inspired to Make Her Country Album ‘Cowboy Carter’ After An Unwelcoming Experience

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