Whether you agree or not, Azealia Banks certainly has a point of view. And whether she’s your cup of tea, really doesn’t matter to the 23-year-old Harlem rapper. In her recent Playboy interview, in addition to serving her toned figure (she has a thing for getting bucket-naked), Banks talks sex (she’s not getting as much as she should — her words, not mine); love (she was in a four year relationship with an extremely older man who was abusive); racism in America and why she believes blacks should not be Christians.
If she grew up in a house where sex was discussed freely:
Yes, but it was more joked about. My mother was always making inappropriate jokes. We had sex books in the house. She never tried to hide it from me. 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 sh*t.” My mom scared me off of getting pregnant.
The longest relationship she’s had:
Four years. It started when I was 17. He was 43. 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 p*ssy. 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 f*cking with a man who puts his hands on you, but I was stupid and young.
If that relationship cured her of her attraction to older men:
No, I love older men. The things in an older man’s house are better—his furniture, even his knives and his pots. And they smell better. Young guys, they may skip a shower and shit like that.
If there’s someone whose career she’d like to emulate:
Jay Z. That’s the only person I have my eye set on. 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. 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.” 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.
If she wants to leave the U.S.:
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