#ICYMI: Azealia Banks Uses Playboy To Bring Attention To Her Views Toward Race And Explains Why She Hates The United States!
In case you missed it, rapper Azealia Banks is trending across social media today after posing in the latest edition of playboy. If this turns your head a little, that’s exactly what she’s probably looking for. Although she sports acclaimed House Rap songs like 2012, and “Liquirice”, she’s built an even bigger reputation in the blogosphere for calling out and feuding with other big name rappers like Iggy Azaea and T.I., Eminem, and Lady Gaga. In fact courting controversy appears to be a second career for her.
Along with posing in playboy, which we think is a brilliant idea, the 23 year old Harlem native opened up in a rant filled interview that is worthy of her reputation. Adding to her growing list of targeted celebrities, Banks attacks Lorde in the conversation. According to Us weekly, Banks told Playboy, “It’s always about race. Lord can run her mouth [on Twitter] and talk s— about all these other bitches, but y’all aren’t saying she’s angry. If I have something to say, I get pushed into the corner.”
She continues to elaborate about race, explaining why she always brings it up as a topic.
“Because y’all motherf—ers still owe me reparations! [laughs] That’s why it’s still about race. Really, the generational effects of Jim Crow and poverty linger on. As long as I have my money, I’m getting the f— out of here and I’m gonna leave y’all to your own devices.”
Those comments then transitioned into her exclaiming that she hates the United States. “I hate everything about this country,” she railed. “Like, I hate fat white Americans. All the people who are crunched into the middle of America, the real fat and meat of America, are these racist conservative white people who live on their farms. Those little teenage girls who work at Kmart and have a racist grandma—that’s really America.”
“I get annoyed with the fact that I’m even asked to explain myself,” she continued. “Why do I have to explain this to y’all? My little white fans will be like, “Why do you want reparations for work you didn’t do?” Well, you got handed down your grandfather’s estate and you got to keep your grandmother’s diamonds and pearls and s—.”
These feelings have been a part of her from a very young age.
“We had journals in second grade. I went to PS 166, on 88th Street and Columbus Avenue, and we had a teacher I could not stand,” she recalled to the mag. “The black kids got in trouble all the time. We were loud or whatever, but whenever she told a white kid to quiet down and they did, she’d be like, whatever. But if she told a black kid to quiet down and one of them sucked their teeth, she’d put them in the corner. I wrote in the journal one day, ‘I cannot stand this white bitch teacher. F— this white bitch.’ She found my journal and called my mother, who was embarrassed, because my mother used to say stuff like that—’White people are of the devil. Stay away from them.'”
“In my adulthood I’m having to destroy all these things society really wants you to think. The history textbooks in the U.S. are the worst if you’re not white,” she explained. “‘The white man gave you the vote. He Christianized you and taught you how to speak English. If it weren’t for him, you’d still be living in a hut.'”
Race aside, she said she’s really gunning for Jay-Z.
“That’s the only person I have my eye set on. The race thing always comes up, but I want to get there being very black and proud and boisterous about it. You get what I mean? A lot of times when you’re a black woman and you’re proud, that’s why people don’t like you. In American society, the game is to be a nonthreatening black person. That’s why you have Pharrell or Kendrick Lamar saying, ‘How can we expect people to respect us if we don’t respect ourselves?’ He’s playing that nonthreatening black man s—, and that gets all the white soccer moms going, ‘We love him.'”
“Even Kanye West plays a little bit of that game,” she said, while mocking Kim Kardashian’s husband: “‘Please accept me, white world.'” Unlike West, “Jay Z hasn’t played any of those games,” she noted, “and that’s what I like.”
Controversy aside, we feel like it’s important to note that she isn’t relying on sensationalism because she can’t actual rap because, put simply, she absolutely can contend with any rapper, male or female to as a true ambassador of the culture that is truly pushing the genre’s boundaries. Understandably, her racially charged anger may be a turn off, but after listening to the majority of her discography it’s clear to us that her skills are obvious. Take a look. No matter your opinion toward her views, we’re confident that her music will make a statement. Check her out for more than because she takes her clothes off and runs her mouth. Azealia’s Playboy cover story is set to hit news stands in April.