Harlem born rapper Azealia Banks first turned heads when she released her single “212” in 2011 and more recently reignited our interest with her truthful Hot 97 interview. Now the stunning Uptown beauty graces the cover of Playboy magazine’s April 2015 issue with a cover story shot by Ellen Von Unworth. In it, she dishes out on race, sex, relationships and more. Here is a taste of some of her responses:
Are your creative impulses closely related to your destructive impulses?
Yes. In my adulthood I’m having to destroy all these things society really wants you to think. The history textbooks in the U.S. are the worst if you’re not white. “The white man gave you the vote. He Christianized you and taught you how to speak English. If it weren’t for him, you’d still be living in a hut.” I could write a book about why black people shouldn’t be Christians. Young black kids should have their own special curriculum that doesn’t start from the boat ride over from Africa. All you know as a black kid is we came over here on a boat, we didn’t have anything, and we still don’t have anything. But what was happening in Africa? What culture were we pulled away from? That information is vital to the survival of a young black soul.
You should be having lots of sex.
Right? I should be getting dick all the time. I like to fuck. [laughs] But I can’t just meet a guy and fuck him. I’m too afraid of getting herpes or some shit. 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 pussy is way more sacred than penis.
Read the complete interview here. Look for the issue to hits news stands on March 20th.