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Azealia Banks explained why Twitter's CEO wanted her to put his hair in an amulet for protection against ISIS

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey didn’t hold up his side of the bargain.

WE ALL KNOW that Azealia Banks has gotten up to some pretty weird shit over the last six years. 

From sacrificing chickens to launching a ridiculously successful company which sells soap for your arse, she has managed to drift in and out of the periphery of the general public’s consciousness long after her biggest hit left the charts. Needless to say, the rapper still has a huge following after all these years, who eat up all of these ridiculous stories. The weirder the better. Remember how much everyone loved the drama between Azealia, Elon Musk and Grimes

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The latest Azealia Banks story might be one of the weirdest one we’ve come across yet. Back in 2016, Azealia Banks had killings with the CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, after he broke a promise to promote her mixtape. According to some old tweets the rapper posted, Dorsey asked Azealia to promote an app for transferring money. In exchange, Dorsey was supposed to tweet about her new mixtape. He never did that, so Azealia being Azealia decided to call him out publicly

Jack Dorsey asked me to tweet about his cash app and in exchange he was supposed to tweet about my mixtape. He never did. He also sent me his hair in an envelope because I was supposed to make him an amulet for protection. 

Since then, we’ve heard very little about this mysterious amulet. Until last night, when Vanity Fair writer Nick Bilton explained that he had heard plenty of gossip about Twitter’s Jack Dorsey over the years, while working on a book about Twitter. Bilton said, “Once, a source who worked with him told me Dorsey had sent a rapper his beard shavings to make him an amulet that would protect him from evildoers.” It seems that over time, no matter what Azealia Banks says and no matter how outlandish and absurd that statement is, it always ends up being true in the end. 

The “evildoers” that Dorsey’s co-worker told Bilton about happened to be ISIS, the terrorist group. Why? Well, they had threatened Dorsey in a video earlier that year. Business Insider reached out to Azealia Banks to ask for her side of the story, and she explained that she had been in regular contact with Twitter’s CEO at the time and had even met up to hang out in person on one occasion. 

We had this awkward dinner of turkey slices, asparagus and tomato as he is on something called the Bulletproof Diet… The food was nasty, so I had some drinks and we kept talking. 

When dinner was wrapped up, Azealia Banks offered to do a protection spell on Dorsey to keep him safe from ISIS. Because he never tweeted the link to her mixtape, she decided not to do the spell in the end, so it looks like Jack Dorsey is still at risk. Azealia said that there’s no bad feelings between them, despite the fact that she did not want to protect him from ISIS. 

A lot of articles said I put a hex on him, but I didn’t. I have no reason to wish him harm. We made a spiritual pact and he was supposed to make good on his end. 

Azealia also said that she doesn’t believe that Jack takes her spiritual views seriously. 

He may think that my religion is a facet of mental illness, but it isn’t. It’s a well-established African traditional religion which should be respected. I made a pact on his behalf and he left me hanging. He will pay for that. 

When Azealia Banks first tweeted about Jack Dorsey’s envelope of hair back in 2016, she uploaded a photograph of the hair in a jar with feathers and blood, presumably from one of her chicken sacrifices. 

Azealia Banks is returning to Ireland in January 2019, as part of her latest tour. Her upcoming gig in Dublin’s Academy sold out within a few weeks of tickets going on sale. 

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