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Azealia Banks in Playboy Magazine April 2015

Azealia Banks Did Not Hold Back One Bit in Her Playboy Interview

Azealia Banks is featured on the cover of Playboy magazine next month, and her interview is so real, you might want to start mentally preparing yourself now. Azealia is fairly notorious for being a polarizing voice in the music industry; she's never been afraid to speak her mind, even when it gets her in trouble. Case in point: that intense feud with Iggy Azalea last year. That said, these quotes take things to an entirely new level. Keep reading for the most shocking tidbits.


On her longest relationship: "Four years. It started when I was 17. He was 43. There's something very wrong with a man that age who wants to date a 17-year-old girl. I didn't know how to shave my bush and sh*t like that. I had a hairy p*ssy. I didn't know how to wear perfume. I had neon pink barrettes in my hair. And as '212' started to pop off and my career started to happen, he became jealous. He choked me and beat me up, and of course you should not be f*cking with a man who puts his hands on you, but I was stupid and young."

On who she'd like to emulate: "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 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.' Jay Z hasn't played any of those games, and that's what I like."

On leaving the United States: "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 the misunderstanding of hip-hop: "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 worshipping Jesus Christ. 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."

On whether or not women hit on her: "No, most women are scared of me. People have always been scared of me. I punched my teacher in the face one time when I was in preschool. We were playing house, and the lady was like, 'I'm a monster! I'm gonna eat your family!' I punched her right in the eye. [laughs] It was a Head Start program, so I was three."

On getting laid: "I should be getting d*ck all the time. I like to f*ck. [laughs] But I can't just meet a guy and f*ck him. I'm too afraid of getting herpes or some sh*t. I like to feel them out, and then I start talking about my black female problems, and we get into a conversation about race, and then we disagree and don't have another date. Whatever. I'll just hang out with my mother. It's okay, because p*ssy is way more sacred than penis."

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