Interscope have moved to deny reports that they have dropped Azealia Banks following a controversial Twitter row with Perez Hilton.
The past week has been a dramatic time for Azealia Banks. Even by her own standards, a Twitter row with Angel Haze found the singer enduring enormous press attention with media outlets clearly relishing two high profile newcomers locking horns.
However Perez Hilton's intervention took the row in the new direction. Intervening, the blogger earned the wrath of Azealia Banks who called Hilton a "messy faggot" sparking an enormous online furore.
Later explaining that she does not believe that the word is interchangeable with homosexuality, the explanation drew comment from GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation). "Regardless of her intent or her personal definition, what matters is the meaning given to that word by those who hear it, and the damage it causes when they do. Undoubtedly there are gay kids who follow her on Twitter who hear this word in an entirely different context. This word is used almost universally by bullies, often as part of a larger verbal or physical assault. This word hurts those kids, no matter what Banks meant by it."
The hip hop newcomer later apologised to anyone offended by the Tweet: ""My most sincere apologies to anyone who was indirectly offended by my foul language."
The incident led to widespread reports that Azealia Banks had been dropped by Interscope a matter of weeks before her debut album is due to drop. Complex contacted the label, who denied the news with a simple: "No, she's still with us."