Azealia Banks Releases Nude Photo + Talks Lorde, Jay Z, God, & Why She Hates America


The ever outspoken performer Azealia Banks is featured as a cover girl for the April 2015 issue of Playboy.

by Yohance Kyles (@HUEYmixwitRILEY)

The Harlem native also spoke with the magazine for an exclusive interview.

During her talk with Playboy, Banks discussed her tendency to use words the some people view as offensive:

When you rip a people from their land, from their customs, from their culture — there’s still a piece of me that knows I’m not supposed to be speaking English, I’m not supposed to be worshipping Jesus Christ. All this s**t is unnatural to me. People will be like, ‘Oh, you’re ignorant because you don’t speak proper English.’ No. This is not mine. I don’t even want this s**t, so I’m going to do whatever the f**k I want with this language. I’m going to call you a fag or a cracker or a b***h.

She also suggests the public is hypocritical when it comes to her voicing opinions versus other stars:

It’s always about race. Lorde can run her mouth and talk s**t about all these other bitches, but y’all aren’t saying she’s angry. If I have something to say, I get pushed into the corner.

Banks did mention one famous performer she greatly admires:

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 s**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.

Banks says she hates America:

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.

Her views on God:

I don’t understand how someone could be an atheist. Think about God as software, right? If you were to look at God’s face, your head would explode. Because your head is a calculator, and the amount of information that would be embedded in his face would fit only on a Google-size data center. Your head cannot handle that much information. Stop looking for God.

To celebrate her Playboy cover, Banks decided to share a nude photo with her nearly 600,000 Twitter followers. You can view the NSFW picture here and read her full Playboy interview here.