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Azealia Banks poses nude for Playboy, talks about reparations

Never change, Azealia.


Gavia Baker-Whitelaw


Posted on Mar 17, 2015   Updated on May 29, 2021, 7:14 am CDT

Rapper Azealia Banks is courting controversy once again with a new photoshoot and interview with Playboy.

Banks posed semi-nude holding a pair of cats, a surefire way to get the Internet’s attention. Azealia Banks for the next Catwoman, anyone?

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Along with the eye-popping photo shoot, Banks aired some of her characteristically forthright opinions on sex, fame, and racism.

“It’s always about race,” she said, commenting on why people object to her Twitter presence. “Lorde can run her mouth and talk shit 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.

“Y’all motherf**ers still owe me reparations!” she added. “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 f**k out of here and I’m gonna leave y’all to your own devices.

“Black people need reparations for building this country, and we deserve way more f**king credit and respect.”

As Banks repeatedly shuts down the interviewer’s attempts to find middle ground, you sort of get the impression that he tried to bite off more than he could chew. Even when they redirect the conversation to the traditional Playboy topic of her sex life, Banks explains that her unapologetic views on race and gender often prevent her from getting laid.

“Whatever,” she says. “I’ll just hang out with my mother. It’s okay, because pussy is way more sacred than penis.”

We have to say, this is one of the best Playboy interviews we’ve read in a while.

Photo via Azealia Banks/Instagram

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*First Published: Mar 17, 2015, 11:16 am CDT