RZA Shares His Side Of Azealia Banks & Russell Crowe Confrontation [Details]
Rucuss staffOctober 21, 2016
RZA has some choice words for Azealia Banks.
After Banks claimed she was cutting ties with Bobby Digital because he did not defend her during an altercation with Russell Crowe, the legendary Wu-Tang Clan producer has issued his own statement.
In a Facebook post, RZA said he felt “compelled to respond” to the recent stories surrounding Banks, adding that he only wishes her “the best.” According to RZA, “things ran smooth and [Banks] delivered” in their Coco film shoot. However, he clarified that he “HAD NO REAL EXPERIENCE OF HER SOCIAL BEHAVIOR” until the day they went to Crowe’s dinner party at a Beverly Hills hotel. Read his entire statement below.
Normally I don’t respond to negative social media attacks towards me. Yet in this case of Azealia Banks I’m compelled to respond.
Firstly I only wish the best for her and any struggling artist in this complex industry.
Azealia was brought to my attention while I was casting my next Film Coco. I heard the rumors of her problems in the industry but disregarded them with the rationality everyone is innocent until proven guilty. So my producer and I fought for her to be in the film and we succeeded. During the filming process things ran smooth and she delivered. Thus my only experience with her had been professional. The only brief social moment was at the wrap party. Therefore “I HAD NO REAL EXPERIENCE OF HER SOCIAL BEHAVIOR…”
A few weeks ago Azealia hit me up for some economic help and bong I gave a helping hand.
She then followed up asking me to help her get a record deal.
I called a friend and bong a record deal was on the table. The only clause my buddy gave was I be the filter because the word is “she is volatile”.
I called her and told her a deal was in the workings. She immediately, prematurely went to social media and claimed she signed a deal with RZA Yet no deal was signed.
I didn’t respond or comment to her post because I’m not the type to stop the hustle.
I actually wanted her to win.
I advised her to stay focus, leave social media and tabloids alone and let your music and art do your talking.
She then hits me for a ticket to LA to work and Bong I comply.
She then needs a place to stay and bong I put her in a hotel.
I returned to LA shortly after and we scheduled a meeting.
I invited her to meet me at the BHH Polo Lounge. Yet I head also planned on spending some time with my Buddy RC in his suite so I ask him can she join. He says “cool Bobby” so I invited her.
Before the night is over Azealia is insulting half the room she becomes loud and obnoxious.
There was nothing funny about her behavior. I felt a little embarrassed because she was my guest.
Still verbal abuse can be tolerated but when it goes physical…
Azealia threaten to cut a girl in the face with a glass, then actually grabs a glass and physically attacks for no logical reason.
Russell blocked the attack and expelled her from the suite.
Seeing is believing and I saw her behave as an obnoxious erratic individual and in the circles I frequent this was unprecedented. I was totally puzzles by her and thought maybe meds or booze or something had her zoned out.
Nevertheless I made sure she got home safe.
THIS IS NOT A RACE OR GENDER ISSUE.
I did not hear Russell call her a N::gg::::
I’m not trying to protect Russell from anything he is a man of his own Caliber.
My art, talent and success speaks for it self and Azealia’s recent slander of me and self victimization reflect’s the personality of the person that was in that room that night.
I have a wife, daughters, sisters and females on my staff so I protect women everyday.
I pray none of them ever behave the way I witnessed Azealia Banks behaved that night.
Rza’s statement is in response to Banks’ comments from earlier in the day. In a statement on her now-private Instagram account, Banks revealed that recent “rough” days have made her realize a change is necessary.
“Somewhere along the way I got sucked into this neverending war with the media that I quite honestly don’t have the energy, patience or care to keep fighting,” she wrote. “I GIVE UP! And I give in. I love you all tremendously. If you would all please join me in spreading the hashtag #makeazealiagreatagain On all of your AB related posts and comments.”
Today, Banks also released a freestyle over Jay Z’s “So Ghetto” classic.
“Hypocrites will holler, wanna play innocent,” Banks raps in a video posted on her private Instagram account. “I know I got ’em straight fakin’ for their friend.”
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