Azaelia Banks Went IN During her Playboy Interview

Love her or hate her: our former cover girl Azealia Banks is always going to do her, regardless. The outspoken artist is on the cover of the latest issue of Playboy and she names names and takes no prisoners. We have been fans of Azealia’s fearlessness since our friend Ellen Von Unwerth shot her for our cover last year. Say what you will about Miss Banks, but she is always honest, though unflinching, and never gives you bullshit answers or press-approved sound bites. Check out some of the highlights of the interview, including her feelings on Jay-Z, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Lorde, Pharrell, and Kendrick Lamar, below:

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On Race:

“It’s always about race, Lorde can run her mouth [on Twitter] and talk shit 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”

“Y’all motherfuckers 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”

“I get annoyed with the fact that I’m even asked to explain myself. 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 shit”

On America:
“I hate everything about this country. 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”

On Growing Up In New York:

“I went to PS 166, on 88th Street and Columbus Avenue, and we had a teacher I could not stand. 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'”

On Society And Education:

“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. ‘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.'”

“I could write a book about why black people shouldn’t be Christians. Young black kids should have their own special curriculum that doesn’t start from the boat ride over from Africa,” she wrote. “All you know as a black kid is we came over here on a boat, we didn’t have anything, and we still don’t have anything. But what was happening in Africa? What culture were we pulled away from? That information is vital to the survival of a young black soul.”

The Only Person In The Game She Respects:

“[Jay-Z is] 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 and 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: ‘Please accept me, white world’…. Jay Z hasn’t played any of those games and that’s what I like.”

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