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Azealia Banks Criticizes Beyoncé’s ‘Jolene’ Version and Questions Jay-Z’s Relevance: Insights and Reactions

Azealia Banks recently sparked discussion in the music industry by criticizing Beyoncé’s iconic song “Jolene” and questioning Jay-Z’s relevance. Let’s take a deeper look into Banks’ comment and the reactions it generated.

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Beyoncé’s latest album, “Cowboy Carter,” includes a reinterpretation of Dolly Parton’s classic “Jolene.” However, Banks objected to Beyoncé’s approach and suggested that Beyoncé’s transformation of it into a “girl boss anthem” lost the soulful essence of the original song.

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In her criticism, Banks highlighted that Beyoncé’s version lacked the vulnerability present in Parton’s lyrics, as it shifted the narrative from pleading Jolene not to take her man to a more vocal warning. Additionally, Banks questioned the relevance of the reference to “Becky with the Good Hair” from Beyoncé’s previous album “Lemonade”, especially in relation to Jay-Z’s alleged infidelity.

Insight on Beyoncé’s musical direction

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Azealia Banks’s criticism went beyond the specific song, as she expressed concerns about Beyoncé’s broader musical direction. She described Beyoncé’s shift towards country music as “white female cosplay” and suggested that the singer was “preparing to be ridiculed” by adopting the genre.

Katie Tunstall’s response

Banks also singled out musician KT Tunstall and expressed disappointment at her absence from the album. Tunstall responded humorously and said that she “100% would have gotten off the couch” if it had been shown.

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Pic Credit: GoogleThis is not the first time the bank has come into controversy. Earlier, he had highlighted the alleged feud between Megan Thee Stallion and Nicki Minaj and held Jay-Z responsible for it. He claimed that Nicki Minaj’s admiration for Jay-Z was obvious, causing tension between her and Beyoncé.


Azealia Banks’s criticism of Beyoncé’s rendition of “Jolene” and her extensive commentary on Beyoncé’s musical direction have sparked conversations about artistic integrity and the intersection of music and culture. Although opinions may vary, Banks’ outspoken views add a layer of complexity to the ongoing discourse surrounding Beyoncé’s latest musical endeavors.

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