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Azealia Banks On Race And Relationships For Playboy

Azealia Banks On Race And Relationships For Playboy
Azealia Banks performs at the 2012 NME Awards at the Brixton Academy in London, from Wikimedia Commons by Tim Boddy

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Azealia Banks On Race And Relationships For Playboy

Azealia Banks performs at the 2012 NME Awards at the Brixton Academy in London.

Azealia Banks performs at the 2012 NME Awards at the Brixton Academy in London, from Wikimedia Commons by Tim Boddy

For the April 2015 issue of Playboy, Azealia Banks has dished out a few shocking revelations concerning her life and career, from topics such as past relationships to race and misogyny.

In an interview with the magazine’s Rob Tannenbaum, Banks, 23, revealed she grew up in a household where sex is openly discussed. She also narrated her longest relationship of four years with a 43-year-old man when she was just 17.

“…my career started to happen, he became jealous. He choked me and beat me up…”

Her abusive relationship, however, didn’t discourage her from liking older men, who she said “smell better.”

She also expressed her admiration toward Jay Z. According to Banks, the male rapper has always shied away from the “nonthreatening black man” persona celebrities like Pharrell and Kendrick Lamar embody.

“Even Kanye West plays a little bit of that game,” she said.

Perhaps the most shocking statement involves her desire to leave the U.S.

“Yes! I hate everything about this country.”

She also differentiated what other people think about her, pointing a finger at singer Lorde as an example. Lorde’s white background, according to Banks, serves as instrument for her free speech.

“It’s always about race. Lorde can run her mouth… but y’all aren’t saying she’s angry.”

It should be recalled that Banks had engaged in a Twitter dispute against fellow performer Iggy Azalea.

When Tannenbaum asked if people are being racist for not liking Banks, the female rapper considered the existence of misogyny.

Near the end of the interview, Banks revealed that she has always been willing to pose nude for a photoshoot, so posing for Playboy “was a no-brainer.”

The April 2015 issue of Playboy will be available on March 20, according to the website.

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