Erykah Badu is officially off Iggy Azalea’s Christmas card list – and it’s a fairly safe bet the beleaguered Australian was never on the neo-soul singer’s.
Hosting the 2015 Soul Train Awards on Sunday night, 44-year-old Badu poked fun at Azalea during her opening monologue. Badu set up the ‘diss’ after first poking fun at her own reputation.
“As you know, I am the queen of neo soul and people say I have this common effect on rappers: that I make them change gods and wear crochet hats, shoulder pads,” said Badu, who has previously dated rappers Andre 3000, The D.O.C., and Jay Electronica. “So they have banned me from all of the hip-hop awards with a sign saying ‘Erykah Badu, leave our rappers alone.'”
Badu then pretended to take a phone call from Azalea.
“Who is this? Iggy Azalea? Yeah, hey! No, no, no, no, no, no, no! You can come,” she said. “’Coz what you’re doing is definitely not rap.”
The audience appeared to enjoy the joke, though a few looked visibly shocked.
The 25-year-old “Fancy” rapper has yet to respond, although Badu did reply to a Twitter user who defended Azalea.
“Life would be wonderful if women celebrated each other instead of emulating garbage like @fatbellybella,” the tweet reads, followed by: “You have my support @IGGYAZALEA.”
Badu, whose real name is Erykah Wright, shot back, “Kill joy”.
The normally outspoken Azalea has laid relatively low since responding to rapper T.I.’s headline-making interview in September, when he admitted that he no longer speaks to his former protégé after a string of negative publicity.
“Some stuff they brought upon themselves,” T.I. told radio station Hot 97.
This year has definitely been a tough one for Azalea, real name Amethyst Kelly, who cancelled her “Great Escape” tour in May, and has had beefs with everyone from rapper Q-Tip, Papa John’s Pizza, and Steve Madden.
Still, she appears to be taking it all in stride, saying she is “flattered” by all her haters after she was flooded with negative messages thanks to her surprise appearance during Demi Lovato’s MTV Video Music Awards performance in August.
“Who cares it shows I’m very relevant in their lives still,” she tweeted. “I’m flattered. hahaha.”