The allegations of abuse being served throughout the hip-hop community are far from finished. The latest rapper to throw her name into headlines by coming forward: Azealia Banks. The “212” rapper is coming forward with an abuse allegation against Dave Holmes. The rapper, singer, and songwriter detailed the time in 2012 that Holmes physically abused her in a lengthy, detailed Instagram caption.
From the third-person perspective, the artist talked about how Holmes — the manager for bands like Coldplay, My Chemical Romance, and Interpol — was a “very handsome, very charming man who she admired intensely.”
Before writing that she lost her father at three years old, she said that Holmes was “fatherly” to her. “He was 43, rich , white and very fatherly to her. Dating him made her feel like Naomi Campbell! He was married at the time but told her he was separated- something She didn’t care about as She was so happy to have him in her life,” Banks wrote.
Stating that Holmes was her first love, she proceeded to tell readers how their whirlwind romance came to an end. The Broke with Expensive Taste artist revealed that her “much older boyfriend” broke up with her and stopped paying her rent after she was dropped from XLRecordings. Though the couple reunited — “upon the success of ‘212,’” her debut single — a heated argument, ending in violence, separated them for good.
Over “$2,000 she’d borrowed from him two weeks earlier,” Banks and Holmes got into a “nasty” argument. “She grabs hold of his fancy espresso machine and pushes it on the floor, which prompts him to put her in a choking headlock,” Banks wrote. “The fight gets nasty, with her throwing rocks through glass windows and him dragging her by her hair and throwing her into a freezing cold shower. During the headlock she cuts the inside of her lip on her teeth and begins to spit blood.”
“Her world was shattered. She had plans to marry this man. She imagined the entire rest of her life with him and could never have seen this coming,” she continued. After telling the tale of heartbreak and abuse, the star ended the story with a moment of triumph. After telling her hairstylist Brianna about the “emotionally drain[ing]” experience, she wrote that she kept it together long enough to get ready for the “1991” music video.
Years later, fans have the strong-minded, outspoken Azealia they love today.
Abuse of any kind is not even slightly being tolerated as the hip-hop world becomes more and more progressive. When singer-songwriter Khalid took his experience of abuse to social media, he received tons of positive feedback from fans. In a tweet that was retweeted over 48 thousand times, the young star vented about a fan who “grabs my ass.”
“How f–kin old are we???” he tweeted. Garnering tons of support in his outrage at the boundary-crossing fan, Khalid revealed that though he was upset, he simply left the scene because “I don’t like showing anger in front of anyone.”
“It’s unacceptable,” he tweeted before saying that he took the incident to Twitter because “it can happen to anybody!”
Similar to Azealia’s story-telling, Khalid ended the tale on a good note. “I love interacting and talking to fans but I also love respecting others so don’t disrespect me when I’m being nice,” he said, adding, “One shitty person isn’t going to keep me away from anybody, I really love u guys.”
As for Azealia Banks… well, we’ll let her speak for herself. Could she be getting her act together and using her platform to speak for good, after all?
Read Azealia’s full story above and let us know what you think of Khalid’s call out! Don’t forget to SHARE this article.