Favorite Quotes from Azealia Banks’ Playboy Interview

Azealia Banks posed nude for Playboy! The controversial Queen of  Witch Hop talked to the men’s lifestyle mag, and (as expected), the interview was full of Azaeliaisms. Here were some of my favorites.

On teen pregnancy.

When I got my period it was very much like, “Boys are going to want to touch your body, but you can get pregnant now, and we not playing that shit.” My mom scared me off of getting pregnant.

On dating a 43-year-old man when she was 17. The abusive relationship lasted four years.

There’s something very wrong with a man that age who wants to date a 17-year-old girl. I didn’t know how to shave my bush and shit like that. I had a hairy pu**y. I didn’t know how to wear perfume. I had neon pink barrettes in my hair.

And as “212” started to pop off and my career started to happen, he became jealous. He choked me and beat me up, and of course you should not be fucking with a man who puts his hands on you, but I was stupid and young.

She wants the freedom to be Black and bold.

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.

And she really looks up to Jay Z for that reason.

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.


It’s always about race.

She hates America.

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.

Black space.

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.

On colonization and 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.

On the whitewashing on Black history.

Young black kids should have their own special curriculum that doesn’t start from the boat ride over from Africa.

She won’t tell us what religion she identifies with, but …. 

When they brought the slaves over to the Caribbean, they syncretized all their African gods with Catholic saints. So in 21 Divisions there are black gods and goddesses, and my mother practiced that when I was little.

On atheism.

I don’t understand how someone could be an atheist.

Dating is hard …

I like to feel them out, and then I start talking about my black female problems, and we get into a conversation about race, and then we disagree and don’t have another date. Whatever. I’ll just hang out with my mother. It’s okay, because pu**y is way more sacred than penis.

The magazine, with full nude pictorials, hits newsstands Friday, March 20th.

*Featured Image Credit: www.playboy.com

Photo on 6-15-14 at 12.18 PMArielle Newton, Founder/Editor-in-Chief. Get at me @arielle_newton. Get at us @BlkMillenials


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