Azealia Banks seems to be on a mission to call out a few fellow artists this week but her latest attempt to come for Teyana Taylor fell flat.
Just a day after engaging in an epic social media dustup with Cardi B, Banks attempted to throw some serious shade in Taylor’s direction by accusing her of stealing dance moves from choreographer, Matthew Pasterisa.
When Azealia Banks shared a BTS video of her dancing to her single, “Anna Wintour,” a few fans noticed the familiar moves and asked her if she stole them from Taylor’s moves in the video for Kanye West‘s “FADE.”
Azealia responded to the fan’s comment by accusing Teyana Taylor of stealing the choreography from Pasterisa and not giving him credit for his moves. “lol you mean the choreography she stole from @bornready_matt and tried not to give him credit until he got a lawyer involved…,” she posted.
Banks should have known Teyana Taylor os not to be messed with. The outspoken artist clapped back in a hurry and provided several receipts to clear up the confusion.
“@azealiabanks So I was too busy enjoying my Mother’s Day yesterday! But today is a new day! Junie is taking a nap so mama got ah lil bit of time TAHDAY!!!! WASSUP!!!! @bornready_matt give ya friend some clarity with all her inaccurate information, so she can stop spewing out all of this false information,” she captioned the video.
Pasterisa chimed in with his side of the story and seemed to avoid siding with either of the ladies completely. Instead, he acknowledged that he had been given credit by Taylor but also revealed that he was salty about the situation.
“I posted this Beyonce “End of Time” Choreography on YouTube. When I used to Teach Dance classes in a Basement. To make things very Clear I am very THANKFUL FOR THE VMA OPPORTUNITY And I Thanked you @teyanataylor Numerous of Times and Showed love. I’m Truly Blessed for it BUT Honestly, I didn’t know any thing about “FADE”, I didn’t Get any calls about it and I didn’t Receive any pay …. (SHE DID GIVE ME SOME CREDIT) I was truly hurt and Felt Stolen from …. I took it with a Grain of Salt and Continued to remain Humble. I’m not here to Drag anyone and this wasn’t intentional but the TRUTH IS THE TRUTH ! (NO WE DIDN’T GO TO Court),” he wrote.
Taylor followed up with more receipts and a detailed explanation about why Pasterisa wasn’t paid for his work on “FADE.”
2011 👀👀👀 (video uploaded to YouTube a year later once we knew for sure it was not being used by bey) Why didn’t you respond directly to me Matt?? @bornready_matt First off, FADE was something that was VERY spontaneous! Anyone that knows how Kanye is, knows that spontaneous is his get down. Newsflash! I did “Dark Fantasy” 3 hrs before he had to turn in MBDTF, and guess what??? I was NEVER credited!!! That’s the difference, you were! But it was nonetheless still a good look & a Blessing for me, in which I recognized that, and didn’t feel so called “stolen from”. NOONE knew he was going to even put the video out! Therefore NOONE got paid!!! Not even Me!!! It was an amazing look for EVERYONE involved INCLUDING YOU!!! In which you prematurely jumped in your feelings thinking that you weren’t credited. Do I need to post screenshots of your apologies saying that you jumped to conclusions?? Do we need to open up that can of worms?? Do we need to post the screenshots of the convo between my mom/manager and your manager just yesterday?? This could have all been avoided if you would have checked your friend from the gate. And for the record, only a very small portion of our choreo that WE created that was used to present to Beyonce for “End Of Time”, but was never used because she got pregnant with Blu was even used. I was actually extending you a look, but you were being too narrow minded to even see your Blessing! WE’VE BEEN CREATING WHAT YOU CALL “our legacy” since 2005!!! Never forget! P.S. funny how you posted a video of you teaching a dance class doing this choreo, but if my memory serves me correctly, isn’t this the same time I submitted OUR video to @tytryone for consideration for Bey? 🧐 IT WAS NEVER A SECRET THIS PORTION OF THE CHOREO WAS OLD AND WAS ORIGINALLY CREATED FOR BEYONCE! IVE SAID THAT IN EVERY INTERVIEW! And GO BACK AND READ YA OWN INTERVIEWS OF U ADMITTING WE CREATED THE CHOREO TOGETHER. U WANTED CLOUT HERE U GO! Enjoy! And you was just smiling in my face at the @juniebeenails salon opening! Lol a couple of months ago.
It looks like Azealia Banks felt some kind of way after the exchange because she took time to post a lengthy explanation about her intentions.
“Speaking ones mind doesn’t equal activism. Everyone is flawed. I simply see things from MY eyes and MY point of view. When I speak on anything it is purely to open the discussion for people who may or may not be thinking the same things. The concept of me “attacking” other women is a hard one to process because it’s subjective and purely an analysis of what YOU see. But I will say that brushing the core of the things I say off as pure negativity is not at all reflective of the REAL, insightful and objective free-thinker I am. I’ve been at this free thinking shit for a LONG TIME. When I ignite these discussions surrounding black cultural affairs, it’s to make sure that the things we are consuming and validating are acceptable and worthy of inclusion into our culture, psyche, and lifestyles. And if something’s don’t work for me, I’m allowed to make the personal and artistic choice to consume what I see, as I see fit,” she wrote.