*Azealia Banks is tired of the racial double standard she says exists in the music business and in the country as a whole.
Speaking in the April issue of Playboy about her numerous Twitter rants, she said: “It’s always about race. Lorde can run her mouth and talk shit about all these other b*tches, but y’all aren’t saying she’s angry. If I have something to say, I get pushed into the corner.”
The New York City native targeted Middle America saying, “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.”
Though Banks has often been the subject of public scrutiny for her uncensored comments, she told Playboy that she has never felt the need to explain herself.
“Why do I have to explain this to y’all?” Banks argued. “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.”
Listing Jay Z as her industry role model, the rapper further explained, “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,’ ” Banks said. “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.”
Banks also addressed racial stereotypes, reasoning that they “exist for a reason.” On being stereotyped as a “loud black b*tch,” she proudly admitted, “Yeah, I am loud and boisterous. And I am black, and I am a pain in your ass. But I’m not really talking to you, and that’s what makes those people mad. You’re not invited to this conversation. This is not about you.”