Azealia Banks: “White Girls Appropriating Black Culture” Is Corny
“It’ll be like, ‘We’re gonna pop off the White-girl rapper,’ so we’ll have Gwen Stefani and Fergie, and then it’ll get worse and worse and worse,” Azealia Banks says.
Azealia Banks says that white female R&B acts and White female rappers are corny.
“It’ll be like, ‘For a couple of years, we’re gonna fuck with blue-eyed soul, and here’s Duffy, here’s Adele’—who’s great—but now we’ve got a thousand White girls singing blue-eyed Soul,” Azealia Banks says during an interview with Pitchfork. “It’s so regurgitated and corny. You have it in everything. You have it in indie rock. You’ll have Interpol, and then the National, and it’s just like, “Really, dude? Really?
“Or it’ll be like, ‘We’re gonna pop off the White-girl rapper,’ so we’ll have Gwen Stefani and Fergie, and then it’ll get worse and worse and worse,” continues Banks, whose Broke With Expensive Taste album sold 11,165 copies this week, its first week in stores. “And you’re just like, ‘What the fuck is this?’ The whole trend of White girls appropriating Black culture was so corny—it was more corny than it was offensive. Trust me, I’m not offended: All the things I’m trying to run away from in my Black American experience are all the things that they’re celebrating. So if they fuckin’ want them, have them; if they want to be considered oversexualized and ignorant every time they open their fucking mouth, then fucking take it. But more than that, the art is not good. These songs are not good. It’s like, ‘Oh my God, you’re doing this Black woman impression, is that what the fuck you think of me, bitch? I need to meet the Black woman that you’re imitating because I’ve never met any Black woman who acts that bizarre.’ It’s crazy that this becomes mainstream culture. All of America is celebrating shit like that. It’s so weird.”
On Monday (November 10), Azealia Banks tweeted in defense of Lana Del Rey while dissing Eminem. The Detroit rapper included the lines, “I’ll punch Lana Del Rey right in the face twice like Ray Rice” in his the “Shady CXVPHER” performance, which was released Monday.