Let’s be honest here: this whole thing between RZA, Azealia Banks and actor — and angry Australian — Russell Crowe is something straight out of a sitcom.
First, it began with Azealia proudly proclaiming that she would be signing with The Abbott following their recent work together on RZA’s film Coco. A few things later, and everything went topsy-turvy: after accompanying RZA to a house party thrown by Crowe, Azealia and Russell would get into a verbal scrum which resulted in the Harlem artist being thrown out. While Russell says that Banks was had threatened to violently harm some of the other guests (which prompted him to throw her out), Banks says that Crowe took offense to a joke she made and apparently attacked her, during which he choked and spat on her while calling her racial slurs before throwing her out of the party.
Ultimately, Azealia feels that RZA did not have her back during the fracas, which led to the dissolution of their deal together. She also plans to press criminal charges against Crowe.
Now, RZA has come through to respond to Azealia’s allegations in an attempt to set the record straight.
In a lengthy post to his Facebook page, RZA explains his side of the story. Essentially taking Russell’s side, he refuted Azealia’s claims that Russell spat on her, that he didn’t call Banks a racial slur, and that Banks did in fact try to attack another guest. The whole thing is a rather interesting read, with RZA sprinkling in a “Bong” or seven throughout his statement for good measure.
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.
All of this is just… dis tew much.
UPDATE: TL:DR version…