Her issue is not with being jealous of Azalea. It’s about how white artists discredit black artists and appropriate their way into black culture and hip hop for their own mainstream success.
“I feel just like in this country whenever it comes to our things—like Black issues or Black politics or Black music—there’s always this undercurrent of kinda like a ‘f*ck you,’” Azealia told Hot 97.
Banks has no issue with the world having a white Australian rapper, but she does have a problem with Azalea being praised for something she didn’t create.
“That Iggy Azalea sh*t is not better than any f*cking Black girl that’s rapping today,” she said. “The Grammys are supposed to be accolades for artistic excellence. Iggy Azalea’s not excellent…”
She added, “all it says to White kids is, ‘You’re great; you’re amazing. You can do whatever you put your mind to and what it says to Black kids is, ‘You don’t have sh*t. You don’t own sh*t, not even the sh*t you created for yourself.”
And she by no means likes that T.I. is constantly defending his artist. She takes it to the next level when talking about he and his wife, Tiny.
“You got fuckin’ coon head ass T.I. out here trying to promote this White b*tch,” Azealia ranted. “Whitey got your wife on VH1 and that b*tch can’t f*ckin’ read. You got your priorities mixed up…You’re a f*ckin’ shoe-shining coon…Your wife can’t read.”
Ultimately, she compared Azalea appropriation of black culture and hip hop to slavery.
“The basis of modern capitalism is slave labor…the selling and trading of slaves,” she said while getting emotional.
She added, “there are still huge corporations that are still caking off this slave money…At the very f*cking least you owe me the right to my f*cking identity and to not exploit that sh*t. That’s all we’re holding on to with hip hop and rap.”
Nevertheless, she knows the world looks at her as a crazy and angry black woman whenever she speaks her mind.
“I gotta be the bitter Black b*tch because I have something to say about it,” she said. “Whenever I have to say anything about anything…here comes this crazy Black b*tch.”
Watch the interview below: