Listen to a preview of Grimes’ new song “about having to defeat Azealia Banks when she tried to destroy my life”

Listen to a preview of Grimes’ new song “about having to defeat Azealia Banks when she tried to destroy my life”
Grimes recently previewed a new song about Azealia Banks; Banks responded, saying Grimes “has some kind of psychosexual obsession” with her.

By Shaad D'Souza

July 27, 2021

Grimes: Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Roc Nation, Azealia: Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images

Early on Sunday (ET) Grimes took to Discord to perform a “Metaverse Super Beta” DJ set as part of the Splendour XR festival. The set, which I managed to listen to live after a very confusing few minutes trying to work out how, exactly, to use Discord — I’m 23 and proudly cheugy — was vintage DJ Grimes, featuring a bunch of new music mashed up with songs like Britney Spears’ “Toxic”, Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance”, and Enya’s “Orinoco Flow”. (It wasn’t entirely unlike her wonderful Apple Music Cyberpunk 2077 mixtape.)

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As Stereogum points out, when Grimes dropped new song “100% Tragedy” during the set, she took to the Discord chat to explain the song’s inspiration, saying the track “is about having to defeat azealia banks when she tried to destroy my life”. Although the Discord set isn’t legally archived anywhere, the track was previously shared by Grimes in a TikTok; listen to a snippet of it below.

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If you don’t have the incident in question burned into your brain, a refresher: in June 2018, Azealia Banks announced that she was going to collaborate with Grimes. Two months later, in August, Banks alleged, via Instagram, that she had flown to LA to work with Grimes, only to have been left “for days” in the house of Grimes’ boyfriend, tech billionaire Elon Musk. At the time, she called Grimes a “dirty-sneaker-inbred-out of the woods Pabst beer pussy methhead-junkie”, and Musk a “trash ass beta male” with “pork skin” whose family fortune “is rooted in emerald and ore mines in South Africa during apartheid”, referring to Musk’s father’s purchase of a Zambian emerald mine in the ‘80s. She described her stay at Musk’s house, ultimately, “like a real life episode of Get Out”, wrote a song about the affair, and was later subpoenaed in a lawsuit against Musk due to the fact that her stay at Musk’s house coincided with Musk tweeting “Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured”.

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In a response Instagram story archived by Stereogum, Banks responded to Grimes’ explanation of the song, writing: “Grimes def has some psychosexual obsession with me. i think it’s bitterness cuz she doesn’t have the musical capacity i have. everything she does is out of pretentiousness and it comes out like that …. while everything i do is out of natural swag & geniusness lmaoo. Starting to notice all the weird undercover millennial racists hide out on discord.”

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100% Tragedy ##grimes ##dancer ##choreography ##100%Tragedy 🤍🧚🏻‍♀️ @symonekimeka @rayjrv

♬ 100 Percent Tragedy by Grimes – Warnymph

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Grimes will join will.i.am and Alanis Morissette to judge “avatar singing competition” on Fox

Grimes will join will.i.am and Alanis Morissette to judge “avatar singing competition” on Fox
Alter Ego airs this fall on Fox.

By Jordan Darville

July 16, 2021

Grimes. Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Roc Nation

 

When I first heard Grimes, she was a fiercely underground artist making waves in Montreal. Now, of course, she still makes essential tunes (her 2020 project Miss Anthropocene was one of our favorites of the year) while cutting a unique and vastly influential figure. Still, her growing profile could not have prepared me for the news today: later this year, Grimes will co-judge an “avatar singing competition” called Alter Ego alongside will.i.am, Alanis Morissette, Nick Lachey, and Rosci Diaz.

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The show will air this fall on Fox, as Pitchfork points out. Each contestant on the show will reportedly be represented by their “dream avatars” created using motion capture technology. I can see why this concept would appeal to Grimes — she played a cyborg pop star called Lizzy Wizzy in last year’s game Cyberpunk 2077 — but I’m still having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that she’s going to be a reality TV judge. She’ll probably be great, but damn, I’m old. Cast photo is below!

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