Azealia Banks: Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ Perpetuates Racial Stereotypes

By Hayden Wright

Count Azealia Banks among Piers Morgan and others who weren’t impressed with Lemonade. Beyoncé’s visual album dropped Saturday night on HBO and earned notice for its confessional lyrics and daring forays into new musical territory. The troubled rapper says, however, that Lemonade perpetuates stereotypes about black female suffering and contradicts earlier messages Beyoncé’s music has sent.

Related: Piers Morgan Thinks Beyoncé has Gotten too ‘Militant’

“Just six months ago you told every black girl in the industry to ‘bow down’ now you want to stick up for black folk lol,” tweeted Banks. “Queens are supposed to lead, they don’t step on the spirits of the girls who come after them then to just try and take that same spirit.”

Some of the album’s lyrics describe reconciling with a cheater—rather plainly implicating Bey’s husband Jay Z. Banks says this message is problematic.

“You been singing about [Jay Z] for years and he still playing you,” she added. “That’s not strength that’s stupidity… You keep crying over a man and perpetuating that sad black female sufferance and it’s not good for what we’re trying to accomplish here.”


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