RuPaul fans searching for the queen’s hit track “Call Me Mother” on Spotify over the weekend came up empty — and Azealia Banks says she’s the reason why.
In a series of tweets on Saturday, the singer revealed that she successfully petitioned the music platform to pull the 90s-house inspired dance track for taking a little too much inspiration from her single, “The Big Big Beat.”
“You will not step on my little black girl toes bitch,” Banks wrote. “You will take your razor bumps and pumps to the nearest laser hair removal clinic and seethe.”
According to a follow-up tweet, RuPaul reached out to Banks to settle the matter. Banks was not impressed.
“But where was that energy when you were stealing my work and using me as inspiration for your campy ass television show?” Banks said. “I’m disappointed in him first and foremost as a black person. He was supposed to have my back.”
Much like The Vixen did to Aquaria on Drag Race season 10, Banks shut down any talk of a “feud” or her being a villain in a later tweet.
“A feud? Lol the public is so obsessed with this idea of me being a villain,” Banks said. “They pretend to sigh and roll their eyes but they tune into everything I say with the type of excitement which makes them exaggerate and sensationalize it for themselves.”
If you haven’t heard the two songs side by side, here’s a sample:
Props to Banks on getting credit where it wasn’t given, but there’s also a question mark on whether this reckoning will have a larger effect on season 10 of RuPaul’s Drag Race. In the last three seasons — All Stars 2and 3 and Drag Race season 9 — the top 4 collaborated and wrote rhymes to accompany one of RuPaul’s tracks. Given the popularity of “Call Me Mother” — and all the other songs on American — will this affect season 10’s episodes?
June 4, 2018, 12:46 p.m.: “Call Me Mother,” along with all of American, is back on Spotify.