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Azealia Banks in Playboy: Is Rapper the New Face of Black Racism?

Azaelia Banks unleashes her inner rage in a new Playboy interview, and no one is spared, from America to non-threatening black men. (Photo: Playboy)

Azaelia Banks unleashes her inner rage in a new Playboy interview, and no one is spared, from America to non-threatening black men. (Photo: Playboy)

Azealia Banks, rails against everything from America to “fat white men,” in an explosive new interview in Playboy magazine. But she saves some of her harshest criticism for Pharrell, Kendrick Lamar and even Kanye West for playing the “non-threatening black man.”

Banks, 23, really knows how to bite the hand that feeds her.


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Born and raised in Harlem in New York City and educated at the (taxpayer funded) LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts, she’s as American as can be.

But all she really cares about is getting paid.

“I hate everything about this country,” she growls.

“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,” she says.

To say Banks is outspoken would be an understatement. Whether it’s religion, politics, or sex, she’s got an opinion usually framed by what she sees as pervasive racism in this country.

It’s always about race,” she says.

“Because y’all motherf*ckers still owe me reparations!” she laughs referring to slavery. “That’s why it’s still about race.

“When you rip a people from their land, from their customs, from their culture — there’s still a piece of me that knows I’m not supposed to be speaking English, I’m not supposed to be worshiping Jesus Christ,” she explains.

“All this sh*t is unnatural to me. People will be like, ‘Oh, you’re ignorant because you don’t speak proper English.’ No. This is not mine. I don’t even want this sh*t, so I’m going to do whatever the f*ck I want with this language. I’m going to call you a f*g or a cracker or a b*tch,” she adds.

“Really, the generational effects of Jim Crow and poverty linger on. As long as I have my money, I’m getting the f*ck out of here, and I’m gonna leave y’all to your own devices.”

“In American society, the game is to be a nonthreatening black person,” she says.

“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 sh*t, and that gets all the white soccer moms going, ‘We love him.’

“Even Kanye West plays a little bit of that game — ‘Please accept me, white world.'”

But she draws a distinction with rapper turned mogul 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,” she says.

Banks scored a breakout in music after signing with Interscope and Polydor Records. Before that, she scored critical acclaim with her debut single “212” and her EP 1991.

She raised eyebrows when she picked a Twitter fight with white Australian rapper Iggy Azalea.

The magazine hits newsstands on Mar. 20.

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