Azealia Banks' Emotional Explanation For Her Problem With Iggy Azalea

BERLIN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 26: American singer Azealia Banks performs live during a concert at the Huxleys on September 26,
BERLIN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 26: American singer Azealia Banks performs live during a concert at the Huxleys on September 26, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Frank Hoensch/Redferns via Getty Images)

During an emotional 47-minute interview with Hot 97, Azealia Banks explained her much-publicized problems with Iggy Azalea and the music industry in general with regard to how it treats black recording artists.

"I feel, just 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 kind of like a, 'Fuck you,'" Banks told Ebro in the Morning hosts Ebro Darden and Peter Rosenberg. "There's always like a, 'Fuck y'all, niggas. Y'all don't really own shit. Y'all don't have shit.'"

Banks referenced Macklemore winning Best Rap Album at the 2014 Grammy Awards as an example, before taking on Azalea.

"That Iggy Azalea shit isn't better than any fucking black girl that's rapping today, you know?" Banks said. "When they give those awards out -- because the Grammys are supposed to be accolades of artistic excellence, you know what I mean? 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."

Banks, who called Azalea's attempts to appropriate Nicki Minaj's success over the past two years a "cultural smudging" (Banks cited how Azalea released a reissue album called "Reclassified," which was similar in title to Minaj's album, "Roman Reloaded"), later explained why this is all so important to her.

"Everybody knows that the basis of modern capitalism is slave labor. The selling and trading of these slaves. There are fucking huge corporations that are caking off that slave money and shit like that. So until y'all motherfuckers are ready to talk about what you owe me," she said while breaking down in tears. "At the very fucking least, you owe me the right to my fucking identity. And to not exploit that shit. That's all we're holding on to with hip-hop and rap."

In response to Banks' interview, Azalea blasted the rapper on Twitter for being "poisonous," "miserable" and a "bigot." (Banks has been criticized in the past for her use of the slur "faggot.")

Banks perhaps knew she was going to get backlash for her words. "In general, whenever I have to say anything about anything, then it's like, 'Oh, here goes this crazy black bitch,'" she said. Watch Banks' full interview -- where she also discusses her issues with T.I. -- with Hot 97 below.



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