Azealia Banks performs onstage in white outfit
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Azealia Banks has sent a message of gratitude to her fans following yesterday’s alarming Instagram Live video, which saw her in tears and claiming that her neighbor had just pulled a gun on her.

In the video, the rapper claimed she was being terrorized by a white neighbor for playing loud music. Banks gave out her address and begged fans to come to her Southern California home, claiming she was too afraid to call the cops because she’s black. “I know the cops are gonna take his side,” Banks cried. “I’m like the only Black girl on this street. I don’t think anybody knows who I am.”

Apparently this wasn’t the first instance her neighbor had threatened her this way. “This is the second time my neighbor pulled a gun on me,” Banks said through tears. ”I gotta call the cops and I know the cops are gonna’ take his side. Please come to my house!”

In a follow-up video, Banks updated her followers, revealing that fans had come to her rescue and the police were eventually called. “Guns are scary as f**k but I need to calm down and understand that people who brandish weapons won’t really shoot them,” the rapper wrote.

“What kind of man pulls out a gun to intimidate a single woman who lives at home alone? F**king Yuck. Just pray I get some sleep this mornin I have a long day tomorrow. Love you all, thanks to everyone who came to check on me and everyone for being super vigilant about this.”

Banks added that she plans to move back to New York, and work on an album. “I should not have come to L.A., and I gotta’ learn to start trusting my instincts.”

Words by Sarah Osei
Senior Music Editor / Features Writer