Is Azealia Banks sacrificing chickens in her closet?

Azealia Banks casting a spell on Jack Dorsey

Illustration by J. Longo

According to her Instagram story, it seems she is.

Azealia Banks has had a hell of a year, from being criticized for lightening her skin to being suspended from Twitter after calling Zayn Malik racial slurs to fighting with Russell Crowe. And now she’s ruffling feathers again (lol) for posting an Instagram story in which she attempts to clean residue from chicken sacrifices off her floor.


“The amount of crap that’s about to come off my floor right now you guys,” she says in the series of videos, which are only available for 24 hours after they’re posted. “Three years worth of brujeria. Yes, you know I gotta scrape all this shit up. I got my sandblaster, my goggles. Real witches do real things.” She also posted a photo of a wall with the word “BAKULU” and a skull painted on it, with the caption “Blood stains the wall.” 

Screengrab via Instagram


Screengrab via Instagram


Screengrab via Instagram

Bakulu is the term for ancestral spirits in the Palo religion, which often requires blood sacrifice for certain spells and rituals. Most of the time these sacrifices are chickens or goats. Chicken sacrifice is also a part of some Orthodox Jewish rituals, which has caused tension between government officials, animal rights activists, and practicers of the faith.

While we can’t confirm that this is indeed Banks’ home or that she has spent the past three years sacrificing chickens, it seems wise for any budding bruja to learn from her mistakes and give the room a good power wash after each sacrifice. 

Jaya Saxena

Jaya Saxena

Jaya Saxena is a lifestyle writer and editor whose work focuses primarily on women's issues and web culture. Her writing has appeared in GQ, ELLE, the Toast, the New Yorker, Tthe Hairpin, BuzzFeed, Racked, Eater, Catapult, and others. She is the co-author of 'Dad Magazine,' the author of 'The Book Of Lost Recipes,' and the co-author of 'Basic Witches.'