Azealia Banks Covers Vibe : Explains Her E-Thugging Nature, Says Lil’ Kim Has A Black Cloud Over Her And More


Azealia Banks is just keeping shit real crazy and laughing in the process as she goes through her journey of kunt fame. Who could blame Azealia Banks though honestly because she brings something to the table that gays and queens have been waiting on forever. The spicy decorated kunt rapper sat down with Vibe for a one on one interview divulging every last detail of what she has went through these past months for her hot cover with Diplo. Azealia Banks kunted her way through the interview dismissing Lil’ Kim and explaining that she never said Iggy Azalea couldn’t rap. One thing is for sure, even though Azealia Banks might kunt a lot she still has more balls than some of the dudes in the game.

On dissing Lil’ Kim : “That’s what we did, and that shit is over. Yo, listen, [Lil’ Kim], this black cloud you got over you—don’t try to push that over me. You can keep that, because as soon as I released “Jumanji” is as soon everybody forgot about you. I have my hand on the dial; I can control how hot and cold you are right now. So I’m not even going to give it to you. I tried to make a legitimate track with you, tried to collaborate. I was bigging her up and she keeps throwing it back in my face. I tried.”

On how controversy has helped her career so far and Iggy Azalea : “Of course, because Americans are distracted by shit like that. It’s like, “Listen, T.I., if I was a fucking boy you wouldn’t say anything to me.” But when I’m a girl and I say something back, the media wants to turn it into all these different things. Rappers beef all the time. I said what I said about [Iggy Azalea] and kept it moving. Then a month later you said what you said. And it keeps coming up. Leave it alone. I didn’t say she couldn’t rap. I said something very real. Out of everything, she had to [call herself] “a runaway slave master”? C’mon, that’s not swag. That’s not fly shit.”

azealia banks cover vibe magazine photo shoot

On being pop like Nicki Minaj : “Not at all. The hip-hop world is used to a certain lifestyle that Nicki Minaj and me are trying to escape from. It’s weird because they like you when they can still see you, but once you try to ascend, it’s like, “What. The. Fuck?” Because they can’t reach you anymore, and they’re not rising with you. They miss that comfort and it takes a while to get used to it, but eventually they’ll understand. That’s the power of art. Art pushes culture and forward thinking. Right now, if you listen to Nicki, she’s really making good pop music and is definitely up there with Gaga and Katy—exactly where she wants to be. But the hip-hop world maybe didn’t know that’s where she wanted to be [laughs].”

On going crazy and disrespecting artists on twitter : “Of course, because it’s e-thugging… Who wants to look like that? But how else am I gonna reach y’all? I don’t have a T.I. to get on a radio show and defend me; I’m the one behind me. Y’all expect me to agree like, “Oh yea, I’m wack. I only have one song.” That’s one song y’all niggas don’t fucking have. You might win some, but you just lost one.”



  1. catlos August 11, 2012 at 11:02 PM - Reply

    Um…what exactly does Banks bring that gays and queens have been waiting on forever? Is she a beacon of light for all the gay youth out there wondering how to make it through life? Does she speak about gay lifestyles does she? I’m gay, and I still don’t understand the hype she gets. Her music has amazing production, true, but apart from that…what has she got? Amazing, memorable lyrics? No. Listening to her music, the beats grab you, and so does her flow, and I’m left thinking wow…and then it all fizzles because she isn’t actually saying much at all. She sounds like a poor man’s Missy Elliott, and even that’s pushing it. She basically mutters over her beats. What am i missing? E thugging? Really? I mean…REALLY? Dissing Lil Kim? Are you serious? Say what you will about her now, but Kim has earned her place in hip hop history. What has Banks done besides drop mixtapes? Come on. Its clear that people support anything without even knowing why these days. Back in the day, rappers like Kim, Lauryn and Foxy had Vibe covers, and they actually did something to deserve them.

  2. Jonny Blaze August 13, 2012 at 4:45 AM - Reply

    Hmm, I’m gay too and I understand that she hasn’t done shit for shit for the ‘community’ but I definately understand why she appeals to the gay community, just like nicki does. Nicki nor Azealia rarely drops hard stuff and leans more towards a pop and electronic sound with radio rap which is what I call it. Nicki used to kill shit on her old mixtapes and as time went on and on it seems like every mixtape she would drop it would get more and more soft and, to me, she lost her edge but now she appeals to a way bigger demographic than the kind of music I like which is why the bitch is gettin hers…. and props to her. When Azealia and if she drops her album she could definately go the same way but hope she does it 50/50 (hard shit for her real bitches and then radio shit so she can make her fuckin money, balance is key) and I hate to see rappers go soft it makes me think they were like that from the beginning just talkin madddd shit. Look what happens when I wake and bake, wake up to typing this after 20 mins lol peace!

    • catlos August 21, 2012 at 2:28 AM - Reply

      I get why she appeals to some of the gay community through her music and SOME of her lyrics. I just don’t agree with how she was made out to be someone that all gay people need or want. Same with Nicki. When she was spitting on her mixtapes, she was great, and I didnt know any gay guys that liked her because they didn’t listen to rap. Then, she gets a blonde weave and dresses like a packet of skittles and all of a sudden she is some kind of gay icon? I guess its not the artist, but the legion of tools that follow them that create the issue. As for the dance/electronic sound, Rye Rye has been doing it for a while now, Kid Sis was having a go at it, same with Amanda Blank. I would even go so far as throwing Uffie in there aswell. Nothing new clearly, so why Azealia “got the same flow on every track” Banks is being thrown into the stratosphere is beyond me. She is ok, but damn, she isn’t the second coming.

  3. maurice August 13, 2012 at 10:56 PM - Reply

    Who da fuck is she to talk lil kim down

  4. E. August 14, 2012 at 3:48 PM - Reply

    I LOVE Azealia’s talent…but I HATE how she disrespects Kim…it’s like she trying to be Nicki or Remy on that disrespectful shit. Kim didnt do shit TO her.

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