Azealia Banks isnâ€™t one to mince words, and she certainly doesnâ€™t do that in her Vibe cover story. The â€˜Liquoriceâ€™ rapper shares her cover with collaborator Diplo, though she does all the talking. She dropped a slew of F-bombs, as well as commentary on other artists, in her interview with the hip-hop mag.
The beautiful Banks has a bit of a potty mouth, and it may be a result of her upbringing: She admits to liking the drama of knowing sheâ€™d get in deep trouble for fighting once she got home. She explains, â€œMy mother was always like, â€˜Anybody say something you donâ€™t like, punch them in the mouth. Do it!â€™â€ Banks laughed. â€œIf I had a fight, when she came home I would get another aâ€“ whupping just for being a little bird. And sheâ€™d be like, â€˜Why you letting these people bring you down?â€™ I was a really fresh little girl, always arguing back, trying lipstick on, trying to shake my aâ€“ â€” knowing in the back of my head Iâ€™m gonna get fâ€“ed up [by my mother],â€ she said. â€œBut fâ€” it, I wanna get fâ€”ed up.â€
That attitude extends toward her relationships with other artists, including T.I. and his protege Iggy Azalea, both of whom Banks has beefed with over Twitter. While Banks isnâ€™t pleased with the in-fighting, she does recognize that itâ€™s a big reason sheâ€™s garnered so much buzz â€” and she thinks sexism is behind it. â€œAmericans are distracted by sâ€” like that,â€ she vented to Vibe. â€œItâ€™s like, â€˜Listen, T.I., if I was a fâ€”ing boy you wouldnâ€™t say anything to me.â€™ But when Iâ€™m a girl and I say something back, the media wants to turn it into all these different things. Rappers beef all the time,â€ she continued. â€œI said what I said about [Iggy Azalea] and kept it moving. Then a month later you said what you said. And it keeps coming up. Leave it alone. I didnâ€™t say she couldnâ€™t rap. I said something very real. Out of everything, she had to [call herself] â€˜a runaway slave masterâ€™?â€ Banks fumed. â€œCâ€™mon, thatâ€™s not swag. Thatâ€™s not fly sâ€”.â€
Phew. Tell us how you really feel! Banks continued, â€œFor T.I. to drag me through the dirt â€¦ Itâ€™s silly,â€ she griped, before going onto a bragging binge on her overseas success. â€œIn Europe they leave it alone and keep playing my songs on the radio and I keep getting booked for fashion shows because theyâ€™re about the art. All Iâ€™m doing is making myself look bad by getting engaged with yâ€™all because no one in Europe gives a fâ€” about yâ€™all,â€ the clearly confident rhyme spitter added. â€œAll Iâ€™m doing is giving yâ€™all nâ€”-s exposure. So if you notice Iâ€™ve backed up off Twitter the past days.â€
One artist Banks has no issues with at all? None other than Kanye West. â€œHe hit me up like, â€˜Youâ€™re mad talented. What do you eat for breakfast?â€™â€ she said of their first encounter. â€œThe whole conversation was pretty dense â€” two Geminis in one room. So it was so many ideas flying. We spent the whole day together, but the best part was dinner,â€ she gushed. â€œWeâ€™re eating out the same plates with chopsticks, and heâ€™s freestyling for me. I was like, â€˜Oh sâ€”, this is real!â€™ You know how you smile so much your face hurts?â€ So cute â€” and such a softer side of Banks that weâ€™re not used to hearing about. Girl, we like you when youâ€™re happy!
Another thing weâ€™re guessing? That this Vibe interview was conducted before her Twitter beef with Young Money queen Nicki Minaj, because Banks has nothing but praise for her and her success, though it may be somewhat backhanded: Banks describes the Harajuku Barbie as a pop star, not a rapper.
â€œThe hip-hop world is used to a certain lifestyle that Nicki Minaj and me are trying to escape from,â€ Banks said of their mutual fame. â€œItâ€™s weird because they like you when they can still see you, but once you try to ascend, itâ€™s like, â€˜What. The. Fâ€“?â€™ Because they canâ€™t reach you anymore, and theyâ€™re not rising with you. They miss that comfort and it takes a while to get used to it, but eventually theyâ€™ll understand,â€ Banks said of their detractors. â€œThatâ€™s the power of art. Art pushes culture and forward thinking. Right now, if you listen to Nicki, sheâ€™s really making good pop music and is definitely up there with Gaga and Katy â€” exactly where she wants to be. But the hip-hop world maybe didnâ€™t know thatâ€™s where she wanted to be.â€
Banks breaks down her haters thusly:Â â€œIâ€™m not getting the respect I deserve. Iâ€™m done trying to ask for it â€¦ because I donâ€™t need it.â€
This is a syndicated post, which originally appeared at Popcrush.