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Former Ruff Ryders rapper Eve recently put her foot down on the male hip-hop artists and, specifically, name-checked T.I. after he had some harsh words for rap newcomer Azealia Banks earlier this year.
Asked if a female emcee can stand on her own two feet in a male feud, Eve fully stood behind Banks.
“Absolutely! Half the dudes that are out are wack. Lyrically, a lot of them aren’t saying much of nothing, and there’s a lot of females who are definitely saying a lot of things. Definitely, I’d get at any dude, any day of the week. I could care less,” she said in an interview. “I mean, I get it, T.I., that’s just his personality anyway. I think it’s funny, but at the same time, I wish a dude would say something like that to me. You know what I mean? And at the end of the day – its just all ridiculous – yes, a chick can definitely come at a dude. That’s so ridiculous.” (The Well Versed)
Last month, Banks came clean on her publicized summer dispute against Tip.
“It’s like, “Listen, T.I., if I was a f*cking boy you wouldn’t say anything to me.” But when I’m a girl and I say something back, the media wants to turn it into all these different things. Rappers beef all the time. I said what I said about [Iggy Azalea] and kept it moving. Then a month later you said what you said. And it keeps coming up. Leave it alone. I didn’t say she couldn’t rap. I said something very real. Out of everything, she had to [call herself] “a runaway slave master”? C’mon, that’s not swag. That’s not fly sh*t.” (VIBE)
Azealia also admitted despite the frequency, she regretted the Twitter clashes.
“Of course, because it’s e-thugging… Who wants to look like that? But how else am I gonna reach y’all? I don’t have a T.I. to get on a radio show and defend me; I’m the one behind me. Y’all expect me to agree like, “Oh yea, I’m wack. I only have one song.” That’s one song y’all n*ggas don’t f*cking have. You might win some, but you just lost one.” (VIBE)
Tip’s decision to openly speak on the Iggy feud in a radio interview fueled her issues.
“See, the thing about that is I ain’t even know anything about it until just now. I ain’t even see it. I know they are going through their thing. But in regards to her speaking upon me and mine, I ain’t even see it. That is what I consider-and excuse my language-but that’s b*tch sh-t. I am a man. You ain’t have no business addressing me. When you get a man, get him to address me and he and I can speak on it. But you and me … Keep dealin with that woman [Iggy]. Y’all handle that. Me and you ain’t got nowhere to go with that.” (Morning Riot)