The ever-candid and steadily rising Harlem hip-hop star Azealia Banks doesn’t give that a great a damn about impressing a segment of the rap community she refers to as “bird-brained men.”
Banks, who has been subjected to criticism you can dismiss as “sex + ism = stupid and unfair flack,” gave an interview to NME and explained why she opts to drool over Interpol’s Paul Banks instead of your favorite rapper.
“I’m gonna do whatever the fuck I wanna do,” she said. “You rap game rap n***s, you stupid, like, closed-minded not-ready-to-progress-with-culture people can stay where you are, because I don’t do this for y’all. I don’t do this to impress you guys and I don’t do this for your approval; I do this because I like to do this. And I feel like that’s what the hip-hop world in the US is having a hard time understanding.”
She added: “That’s not all of the hip-hop world, that’s just the bird-brained men, you know. The women get it, the girls are rooting for me, you know? It’s the men. And I think it has a lot to do with the fact that I’m not worried about impressing them. As a woman they expect you to be drooling all over them, but I don’t give a fuck. I’m drooling over guys like Paul Banks from Interpol and stuff like that.”
Azealia Banks, ladies and gents.
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