“I’m a cat. Duh…” Azealia Banks for Playboy Magazine (basically)
Rapper and drama queen Azealia Banks posed for a nude photoshoot for the April edition of Playboy Magazine. Azealia Banks for Playboy Magazine, an interesting concept with an equally interesting outcome. The rapper posed for a photoshoot shot by Ellen von Unwerth and sat for an interview with Rob Tannenbaum. The final results were captivating, terrifying, and offensive in equal parts. Sounds like the perfect description of Azealia Banks.
In the photos Azealia posed as a cat (because it’s not an overplayed concept at all) in various states of undress. The musician can be seen modeling with other cats, in cheetah print, toying with a large ball of yarn, splashing around in a bath, and posing as a dominatrix superhero kitten with purple hair and black masks. Thus far the fully nude shots have not been released to the public yet (saving the money shot so you’ll pick up the zine… smart strategy), but the majority of Banks’ interview with Tannenbaum was released. In the interview the duo chatted about a variety of topics including Banks’ Twitter beefs, her love of WAY older men, her music, her theories about religion and culture, and S.E.X. (of course). The controversial rapper answered questions candidly and managed to create an even more argumentative demeanor. Things got interesting when asked if she cared whether or not her music was played on the radio… From there it spiraled into eternally more interesting directions.
It sounds like you don’t care whether your songs are on the radio or not.
No. There are certain ways you have to behave if you want to get played on the radio. I want to date whoever I want to date. I want to smoke weed. I want to get drunk. I want to go on vacation, you know?
Check out more quotes and pictures of Azealia Banks for Playboy Magazine under the cut!
A collection of quotes from Azealia Banks for Playboy Magazine…
Is there someone whose career you’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 shit, 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.
At this point, lots of producers want to work with you, but when you were unknown and posting songs on Myspace, you e-mailed producers and almost begged for beats.
Seriously. You know how people say “I will fuck for Chanel”? Like, no, I won’t fuck for a beat. But almost. I might flash a little. [laughs] No, I’m joking. But I will fucking beg.
What’s the longest relationship you’ve 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 pussy. 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.
Did that relationship cure you of your 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.
And whenever you point out that discrepancy, someone on Twitter says, “Why are you trying to make this about race?”
Because y’all motherfuckers still owe me reparations! [laughs] That’s why it’s still about race. Really, the generational effects of Jim Crow and poverty linger on. As long as I have my money, I’m getting the fuck out of here and I’m gonna leave y’all to your own devices.
Do you want to leave the U.S.?
Yes! 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.
So, I have to admit to not knowing much about Azealia Banks beyond the typical comments about her dramatic Twitter beefs and outlandish (read offensive) comments. That being said, this interview and photoshoot don’t do much to impress me. Azaelia Banks comes off as supremely argumentative, hugely offensive, unappreciative, and rather bitchy in the interview. She comes off as worried more about the shocking and offending readers than taking an educated stance, and at points reading her answers made my brain hurt. Under all the anger Banks definitely has a message to share, but she needs to find a better way to share it. To her credit, the interview wasn’t exactly a masterpiece; at one point Tannenbaum literally followed up an anecdote about Iggy fighting with her preschool teacher by asking if she’s had a lot of sex recently. Playboy journalism at its finest.
The photoshoot is an interesting and definitively pop culture inspired, but I don’t think it is what the typical Playboy Magazine reader is looking for. It is a little too Halloween costume turned sex suit in my mind, but I guess I’m not an expert… Guess we’ll have to see where this goes. At the very least Azealia Banks is psyched about Azealia Banks for Playboy Magazine. I guess that is something.
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Check out the full Azealia Banks for Playboy Magazine interview HERE!