Azealia Banks is speaking out about the recent ‘canceling’ of North Carolina rapper, DaBaby.
Banks says that DaBaby should’ve been canceled last year after he was filmed punching a female fan in the face.
“Y’all should have BEEN canceled dababy when he was caught on camera punching a female fan in the face,” Banks wrote on Instagram Story. “I’m not believing any of this performative canceling ppl are doing now when everyone was so quick to forget that happened. Apology or not, keep him canceled.”
During the incident, a woman approached the rapper as he was walking through a crowd. He struck the fan and was booed by the crowd before leaving the venue without performing any songs.
He said the light from her phone blinded him.
Following the public backlash, he issued a public apology.
“I do sincerely apologize. I do,” DaBaby said in a statement on his Instagram story. “I’m very sorry that there was a female on the other end of that flashlight on their phone,” he continued.
“But you know, keep in mind, I couldn’t see you because you got the flash this close to me. Which is okay, it’s no problem. A lot of people did – they didn’t put it as close as you put it – but a lot of people had flash on me, and that’s okay. That’s what I signed up for.”
He added, “Out of all those fans – how many people know how to zoom in? Just zoom in instead of popping me in the eye with the phone. But I do apologize that there was a female on the other end. I think by this time, you know it’s a well known fact that male or female, I would’ve responded the same exact way.”
DaBaby is currently at the center of controversy after making homophobic and anti-AIDS remarks on the Rolling Loud Miami main stage.