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

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

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

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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