Azealia Banks Talks The Smudging Of Black Culture In Poignant Hot 97 Interview

December 19, 2014  |  

 

We’ve been very vocal about our frustrations with Azealia Banks. The attacks she lodges at people often distract from her very real talent and the actual message. Some of her tweets can seem like pointless, mean spirited attacks.

But her recent interview with Hot 97 painted a clearer picture of who Azealia Banks is as a person and why she’s so passionate and even confrontational with her opinions about other, mostly White, artists on Twitter.

Homegirl has some very deep, very fundamentally true thoughts about Black culture, American history, the media and more.

Here’s the thing with Iggy Azalea. I feel, just in this country, whenever it comes to our things, like Black issues, or Black politics, or Black music or whatever there’s always this under current of a ‘Fuck you.’ Like ‘Fuck y’all niggas. Y’all don’t really own shit. Y’all don’t have shit.’ That Macklemore album wasn’t better than the Drake record. That Iggy Azalea shit is not better than any fucking Black girl that’s rapping today. And when they give those awards out–cuz the Grammys are supposed to be like accolades for artistic excellency. Iggy Azalea is not excellent. And the message I see when I see these Grammys being given out…I have a problem when you’re trying to say that it’s Hip Hop and you’re trying to put it up against Black culture.  

Even Nicki Minaj over the past 2,3,4 years has done so much to kind of create this social presence and this hold –like this social consciousness so she’s like “Re Up” and “Roman Reloaded” and here you got fucking Iggy like “Reclassified.” Like you’re trying to smudge out…it’s like a cultural smudging is what I see. And when they give these Grammys out all it says to White kids is ‘You’re great, you’re amazing, you can do whatever you put your mind to.’ And it says to Black kids, ‘You don’t have shit, you don’t own shit, not even the shit you created for yourself.’ And it makes me upset in that way. 

So put her in the pop category. Put her with Katy Perry. Put her and Miley Cyrus is the same box together. Don’t put her in Hip Hop. Just because she’s not singing does not mean it’s rap music. 

And then Ebro says something about this happening all of the time, don’t we know the drill?

Now everybody knows that the basis of modern capitalism is slave labor. Really, the selling and trading of these slaves. There are huge corporations that are still caking off that slave money and shit like that. So until y’all muthafuckas are ready to talk about what y’all owe me. Whether the number is 7 trillion, 8 trillion or 9 trillion. At the very fucking least, you owe me the right my identity and to not exploit that shit. That’s all we’re holding on to, like Hip Hop and rap.

And Bill Cosby…that’s too timely. You have like Eric Garner, Mike Brown and Trayvon Martin and y’all fucking talking about Bill Cosby. What the fuck? Y’all putting that on tv for the kids to see, for the youth to see. We really have to talk about this. 

Then Ebro says, part of the reason you get in trouble is because you feel. And they disregard your feelings and you get dismissed as crazy.

And then she spoke about why she came for TI when he jumped in her beef with Iggy Azalea.

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