Despite the wealth of talent Azealia Banks posses, it’s increasingly looking like her career is heading for quite the crash landing.
New album ‘Broke With Expensive Taste’ is struggling to garner commercial traction, as such the femcee is showcasing her particulars for Playboy magazine’s April issue.
And while the clothes-free images are certain to set tongues a’wagging when they’re unveiled later this week, the New Yorker’s interview is already proving just as controversial.
Renown for saying entirely too much under the canopy of “free speech,” Banks cranks such practice up a notch with a series of jaw-dropping quotes.
See what we mean below…
On Why She Rants On Race Continuously:
Because y’all motherf*ckers 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*ck out of here and I’m gonna leave y’all to your own devices.
On Why She Want To Leave US:
“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 Why She Wants To Emulate Jay Z’s Career:
“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 The Racist Response To 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 shit 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”.
Are you writing about these topics in your new songs?
“No, not in the songs. 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 sh*t”.
It’s the last point that especially grates. Why talk so much stick only to not incorporate into the powerful medium of music?
A smart businesswoman, who actually strives for both longevity and change, would understand that she could and should be commoditising her opinion for coins. It would put her in far better stead to project her message to a wider and more attentive audience. Yet here Azealia is once again ranting, offending, and coming across aggressive. All of which dilute some of the genuinely insightful points she has about about racism.
To make matters worse, it’s not as if any of this will help shift all those unsold albums.
We just hope time helps assist Azealia with being able to package her opinion is a manner that reads more progressively. Because, at present, very little of what she’s spouting touts solutions of any sort.