Azealia Banks Talks Black Culture Appropriation On ‘Ebro In The Morning’ | Interviews
Harlem rapper Azealia Banks hits up Hot 97’s Ebro In The Morning, to discuss with Ebro and Rosenberg about EVERYTHING and I mean everything! They take it back to Banks’ very first single “212” and talk about everything from then till now including her previous relationships with women, signing to Polydor/Interscope and creative differences between Banks and the label, her issues with Iggy Azalea, Black culture and Black culture appropriation, cultural smudging and then things start to get really emotional out here, before she then lays it into T.I as well.
She also mentions Dej Loaf, BIG KRIT, Young Fathers and Rae Sremmurd as artists she is feeling right now, discusses her musical background, her first job at Starbucks, how she finds the producers on her Broke With Expensive Taste album and her relationship with the fashion world, before delving back into how America treats Black art, and the root of Azealia Bank’s feelings about it, and it gets emotional again. Check it out below, as well as a couple choice quote from Azealia during the interview.
“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. The Grammys are supposed to be accolades of artistic excellence. Iggy Azalea is not excellent.”
“When they give these Grammys out, all it says to white kids is: oh yeah you’re great, you’re amazing, you can do whatever you put your mind to. And it says to black kids: you don’t have shit. You don’t own shit, not even the shit you created for yourself, and it makes me upset.”
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