Rihanna, Teyana Taylor Get Into Twitter Feud Over Anita Baker Song
And the claws come out! On Tuesday, Sept. 24, Rihanna got into her latest Twitter tussle, this time with up-and-coming singer Teyana Taylor. The war of words escalated quickly after Taylor, 22, posted a video of herself covering Anita Baker's "Caught Up in the Rapture."
Moments later, Rihanna tweeted an Instagram video of her hairstylist Yusef with a wig, snapback and sneakers (in an obvious jab at Taylor's style), singing the exact same song. An irate Taylor then took the pair's beef public in a series of since-deleted angry tweets.
"Don't play wit me Rihanna," she warned. "F--k all this industry s--t, YOU & I know each other VERY well. Throwing subs 4 wat? U got my #, don't show off."
Before the "Diamonds" singer could even respond, however, her legions of fans jumped to her defense, calling Taylor out for what they deemed a major offense.
Taylor held her own, however, tweeting that "y'all could bully everybody else & get away wit that sh-t but that sh-t ain't one work ova here. so y'all could miss me with that NAVY sh-t."
When Rihanna finally did reply, she was no less apologetic, telling Taylor (and her more than 31 million followers) that she "refuses" to help the other singer's career.
"You will NOT get an @ from me! Not till you pay me!" she wrote, using the hashtags "no more free promo" and "I refuse."
The pair pulled no punches in the conflict, with Rihanna first changing her Twitter background to the website Celebrity Net Worth, which noted Taylor's assets at $500,000 versus Rihanna's at $90 million. Taylor responded with her own background change, to a poorly photoshopped image of her as a boxer laying into Rihanna.
Both singers have since returned their Twitter pages to their regular settings and deleted the vast majority of the feuding tweets, though Rihanna still has a few errant tweets left over from the online shouting match.
"I hate broke bitches," she concluded.