Azealia Banks Azealia Banks

11 Interesting Opinions Azealia Banks Shared on Hot 97's Morning Show

Azealia Banks

If you haven't already realized that Azealia Banks holds her tongue for no one well now you know.

The potty mouthed, new wave rapper and unicorn lover visited Hot 97's morning show on Thursday (Dec. 18), and in true Banks fashion she kept it real, raw and unfiltered in a very explosive chat. The 23-year-old Harlem native brought her same passionate social media presence to the table as she spilled the tea on everything and then some, even going as far as shedding a few tears as she got choked up while talking about the state of blackness in America. From her thoughts on "Fancy" being the quintessential rap record of the year to her beef with Iggy Azalea and T.I. and cultural appropriation, Banks shares her strong, no holds barred opinion and firmly stands her ground. Sorry Kanye but Azealia Banks might have possibly had the greatest interview of 2014.

Vixens, continue clicking to check out 11 interesting opinions Azealia Banks shared on Hot 97.


Photo Credit(s): Terry Richardson, Getty Images, YouTube

vibe-vixen-terry richardson and azealia banks

On the state of blackness in America:

"I feel, just like in this country, whenever it comes to our [African American] things like black issues or black politics or black music or whatever, there's always an undercurrent of a "f*ck you". It's always like a f*ck y'all n*ggas, ya'll don't have sh*t or own sh*t. You know what I'm saying? That Macklemore album wasn't greater than the Drake record. That Iggy Azalea sh*t is not better than any f*cking black girl that's rapping today."

azealia banks performing at the Governors Ball Music Festival

On Iggy Azalea being categorized as rap/hip hop:

"Put her in the pop category. Put her with Katy Perry, put her with Miley Cyrus in the same f*cking box together. Don't put her in hip hop. Just because she's not singing does not mean its rap music."'

Azealia Ti Tiny

On T.I.:

"You have f*cking coon head ass T.I. trying to promote this white b*tch [Iggy Azalea], but they've got your wife on VH1. Why do you have your wife on VH1 and that b*tch can't f*cking read? You've got your priorities f*cked up. That's really how I f*cking feel about you [T.I.]. You're a f*cking shoe shining coon, how dare you."

Azealia Banks with green hair

On her social media presence:

"Listen, I'm a creative individual and I have the license to think, say, and do whatever the f*ck I feel, you understand. It's so funny because I talk about so many things on my twitter but ya'll n*ggas pick and choose what ya'll want to see."

azealia banks in cat outfit

On Nicki Minaj:

"F*ck it, she's doing the same thing ya'll white b*tches are doing. Here, I'm going to put this f*cking pink wig on and I'm going to act stupid, and I'm going to show ya'll b*tches how f*cking stupid ya'll look. Give me my check, goodnight. F*ck it, she can play the money game too."


On the Grammy's:

"When they give those awards out at the Grammy's, which are supposed to be accolades for artistic excellence, I laugh. Iggy Azalea is not excellent. It's like a cultural smudging. That's what I see and when they give these Grammy's 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. What it says it black kids is you don't have sh*t, you don't own sh*t, not even your own sh*t you created for yourself. It makes me upset."

Battle of the Rap Vixens: Iggy Azalea Vs. Azealia Banks

On her beef Iggy Azalea:

"Here's the thing with Iggy Azalea. I have a problem when you're trying to say that it's hip hop and you're trying to put it up against black culture."

Azealia Banks

On Iggy Azalea's "ReClassified":

"Nicki Minaj over the past two to three years has done so much to create this social presence and social consciousness. So she's like "Re-Up" and "Roman Reloaded", and you've got f*cking Iggy like "ReClassified", you know."


On Prince William and Kate Middleton wanting to meet Jay-Z and Beyonce:

"Listen, I don't need no validation by white people. Ya'll don't need to come over and shake my hand, thank you. I'm Jay-Z, I'm that popping black n*gga, and ya'll are going to bow down and that's it."

Azealia Banks

On black culture:

"They are trying to erase us. All of our books and scriptures and everything. Everything we're supposed to know about ourselves are gone, like completely f*cking gone, never to be seen again."


On Hollywood's latest trend of slave movies:

"I don't want to see anymore f*cking stories about no more f*cking slaves. I don't want to see no more f*cking white people whipping nobody in no f*cking movies. I don't want to see that sh*t no more because my black story is deeper than the boat ride over. It's very upsetting."

From the Web

More on Vibe

SZA Calls For Peace While Receiving 'Rule Breaker' Award At Billboard Women In Music

SZA called for peace and understanding at Billboard's Women In Music event Thursday (Dec. 6).

During her speech for the Rule Breaker award, singer-songwriter recalled today's climate, asking her peers and those watching at home for a little bit of peace.

"I'm sorry for the state of the world honestly, for everybody in this room and I pray that all of us just get through it a little bit easier and just try not to lash out at each other," she said.

The recurring theme of unity among women was also heard on the carpet from artists like Tierra Whack. In addition to her message of love, the "Broken Clocks" singer also thanked her TDE family for rocking with her creative process.

"I'm just so thankful for everybody having patience with me, " she said. Shouting out the key members of her family in attendance, the TDE affiliate gave praise to her mother, father, and grandma. In this brief speech centered around the artist's growth Solána Imani Rowe, known more commonly as her stage name, Rowe everyone for their trust in her.

"I'm grateful for everybody taking the time to have the patience to watch someone grow, it is painful and sometimes exciting but mostly boring. And I am thankful for Top (Top Dawg Entertainment's Anthony Tiffith) for not dropping me from that label. For Peter, who I change my ideas every day and he be like okay I like this," she continued.

Thanking the likes of musical powerhouses like Alicia Keys and Whack, "The Weekend" singer offered her appreciation and condolences to Ariana Grande.

Watch SZA accept the Rule Breaker award above.

READ MORE: Anderson .Paak, Tierra Whack And More Praise Female Artists At 2018 Billboard Women In Music

Continue Reading

Beyoncé, Rihanna, And J. Lo Make Forbes’ Highest-Paid Women In Music List

As November comes to a close, many publications will be crafting their year-end lists for all things pop culture. Forbes released a ranking of the world's highest-paid women in music on Monday (Nov. 19), with Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, and Rihanna holding it down for women of color.

Beyoncé comes in at No. 3 on the list with an earning of $60 million as she made most of her money through her historical Coachella performance, the joint album with husband JAY-Z, Everything is Love, and the Carters' On The Run II Tour in support of its release.

Jennifer Lopez made No. 6 for earnings tallying of over $47 million thanks to her lucrative Las Vegas residency, endorsements, and shows including World of Dance where she serves as a judge.

Rihanna follows behind the "Love Don't Cost A Thing" diva at No. 7 with earnings of over $37.5 million. Although she hasn't toured since 2016—thanks to her cosmetics and lingerie lines, Fenty Beauty and Savage Lingerie—the Bajan pop star has been keeping herself busy.

Forbes' annual list (which factors in pretax earnings from June 1, 2017, through June 1, 2018) has placed Katy Perry at the top with over $83 million in profits due to her gig as an American Idol judge and her 80-date Witness: The Tour that brought in an estimated $1 million per night.

Scroll down to see Forbes' full list below.

Katy Perry ($83 million) Taylor Swift ($80 million) Beyoncé ($60 million) P!nk ($52 million) Lady Gaga ($50 million) Jennifer Lopez ($47 million) Rihanna ($37.5 million) Helene Fischer ($32 million) Celine Dion ($31 million) Britney Spears ($30 million)


READ MORE: Nas Makes Forbes’ List Of ‘Hip-Hop Cash Kings’ For The First Time

Continue Reading

Kelly Rowland Hops In Her Bag With New Single "Kelly"

Kelly Rowland has it all and isn't afraid to brag about it on her new single, "Kelly."

Released Thursday (Nov. 22), the singer goes the clubby, confident route while rightfully dropping her attributes like her relationship with God, smoldering looks (a.k.a the drip) among other things. With "Kelly" being the first single since her 2013's Talk a Good Game, the singer comes out swinging, reminding everyone of her power in the game.

The mother of one has promised that her new tunes will be edgier and most honest than her past work that included vulnerable tracks like "Dirty Laundry" and massive hits like "Motivation" and "Commander." Speaking with Vogue over the summer, Ms. Kelly disclosed a few details behind the album.

“It’s about love, loss, and gain and whether it’s professional or with family or whatever, it’s just honest," she said. "I had no choice but to be honest and authentic with this record: it’s about friendship and marriage.”

She also explained a drop in confidence caused her hiatus. “I was thinking about pulling back from recording, but I couldn’t help myself: I still wanted to record. I still felt like I was missing something. The third year just came and left so fast. The fourth year I said: ‘I have to get to work’ and now I’m ready to release some music! I felt like I wasted so much time, and it was my husband who actually called me out on it. He said: ‘Babe, as great as those records were, I think you were nervous, you got gun-shy’, and when he said that it was like boom, a gong went off.”

Glad to have you back, Ms. Kelly. Listen to the eponymous record up top.

READ MORE: Kelly Rowland Debuts Smoke x Mirrors Eyewear Collection At Barneys New York

Continue Reading

Top Stories