Azealia Banks' Twitter Tirade Costs Rapper Her Headlining Slot At Born & Bred Festival

'We have decided to cancel Azealia Banks' headline appearance...'

11/05/2016 13:00 BST | Updated 11/05/2016 13:09 BST

Azealia Banks’ latest Twitter tirade has come back to bite her in the rump, as she’s been dropped from her headlining slot at a UK music festival.

In addition to her deeply unpleasant (and, y’know, outright racist) tweets towards Zayn Malik in the early hours of Tuesday morning, Azealia also posted a string of disparaging comments about the UK rap scene.

She claimed that that British rappers "never have swag", branding rap music that comes from the UK a “disgrace” to the genre.

Unfortunate timing, really, given the fact she was recently announced as the headline act at Rinse FM’s Born & Bred festival in July, showcasing the best acts from... the UK rap and grime scene.


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Unsurprisingly, Rinse FM have now issued a statement, saying that Azealia’s scheduled slot at the festival has now been canned.

They explain: “We have decided to cancel Azealia Banks' headline appearance at Rinse Born & Bred. Rinse Born & Bred is a celebration of rave culture and has been created for EVERYONE. We celebrate inclusivity and equality.”

Azealia, of course, has already reacted to the controversy, in a typically unrelenting way:

Rinse FM’s statement comes after Azealia posted some furious tweets -including yet more racial slurs - to Radio 1Xtra DJ Jamz Supernova, who called for the ‘212’ rapper’s appearance at Born & Bred to be pulled.

Azealia is probably as known for her Twitter tirades as she is for her rap career, having previously had beef with a range of stars including Rita Ora, Lily Allen, Perez Hilton and even, bizarrely, ‘EastEnders’ actress Alison Newman.

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