If you thought Azealia Banks only speaks her mind on Twitter, you need to watch this interview.
Banks sat down for a 45-minute-plus chat with Hot 97’s Ebro in the Morning, and the roundtable discussion covered everything from her ongoing beef with similarly named rapper Iggy Azalea to a fable that she’s been writing.
But the most poignant moments came when she opened up about the appropriation of black culture and how white artists, in her opinion, get more attention for work that black artists are doing better. “I feel like, in this country, whenever it comes to our things, like black issues or black politics or black music or whatever, there’s always this undercurrent of kinda like a ‘F— you,'” she said. “There’s always a ‘F— y’all n—as. 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 isn’t better than any f—ing black girl that’s rapping today.”
She even teared up a few times while talking about the history of black people in America — and the very real issues at play today. “Until y’all mother—-ers ready to talk about what you owe me…at the very f—ing least you owe me my identity and to not exploit that shit,” she said through tears, before bringing up the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown at the hands of police officers.
Watch the full interview below:
Banks was promoting her first full-length album, Broke With Expensive Taste, which dropped Nov. 6.