Exclusive: Azealia Banks Interview Talks Cardi B, RZA, Skai Jackson, Double Standards And More



Azealia Banks Interview
Photographer: Tahir Register © 2017 Exclusive Shot During The Escapades Music Video Shoot

TheBLACKMedia’s exclusive Azealia Banks interview clears up a lot of questions fans, viewers, naysayers and outlets often headline about. Azealia Banks, after delivering a powerhouse performance in Atlanta at Masquerade, sits down with the owner of TheBLACKMedia.org, Tahir Register for a candid one on one final interview. Azealia has had enough of the confusion, bad press, and headlines and she’s ready to start anew. We all share our opinions, but when Azealia does, it’s always a headline, is it because’s she’s a woman? Or is it apart of a grand design?

“The Media is only posting the negative things about me”- Azealia Banks

Recently Azealia Banks announced she’s under new management. After the amazing trailer for her debut film Love Beats Rhymes was released, Azealia felt it was time to make changes, and fix her professional life. Her new manager is not new to the business, in fact, Rob Kahane, who Azealia, via Instagram Story said is her new manager, was once the manager of the late George Michael. Rob Kahane in the late 90s even started a record label called Trauma Records.


This Azealia Banks interview is a swan song to bad headlines, misunderstandings, and the narrative that Azealia Banks is crazy, and isn’t worthy of forgiveness. This idea that Azealia never works, releases music, or is only interested in shade throwing, is a narrative so weak and untrue. Azealia Banks just released yet another music video for her latest single “Escapades”, for which TheBLACKMedia got the exclusive [see photos below]. After spending two days with Azealia Banks, I can say first hand that she is a kind hearted, jovial personality, who exhibits professionalism. And while my experience with her team was not the same, they all rooted for her as she delivered a great performance.


Azealia Banks On RZA And Russell Crowe


Azealia is an intellect who understands her role in the media’s plight to use her as a pawn to show those watching their control over what we see. During the Azealia Banks interview we asked her about double standards and how men can say what they feel with no witching attached to them afterwards, but when women raise their voices it’s an issue. Azealia described the micromanaging system that often uses her to further convince people of their; “white male socio-normative behaviors”.

"...One thing that society doesn't realize is that, all of their aggressions are being micromanaged through these like news articles and like you know blogs and all this kind of things like that so if they take me and make me the villain, so if i'm the villain of the entertainment industry, or one of the villains of the entertainment industry for the next 20 years, that's just apart of their micromanaging your aggressions...

You know everyone is just like I only hear about you when you're in drama, Noooo.....Either you're only looking for me because you like the drama, you're addicted to negativity, or the media is only posting the negative things about me so you're addicted to negativity. I've basically been used as a pawn in societies programming..." - Azealia Banks

Azealia Banks Interview On Cardi B: Watch Clip

Recently Azealia made headlines about her thoughts on Cardi B. Through mass confusion, Azealia’s response to Cardi’s number one song “Bodak Yellow” came off to many as hating, but in reality it was concern. Azealia Banks states; “…don’t get me wrong I’m very entertained by Cardi B, and I really like “Bodak Yellow” like it’s a really good song, but you are not that girl. It’s just the truth, it’s just the truth you know what I’m saying?


Like I’m not trying to take anything from you, but you’re just like, you know its like this female rap thing is like a linage its a real fire that burns in a soul, you don’t have that fire, I’m very happy for your success and i love your come up and i love like seeing you smile and having a good time, but this like women’s expression this Black woman’s expression….just the fire of the Black Women’s expression Cardi, you don’t have it, and you won’t get it, because it’s not you.”

Many have had thoughts about Cardi’s hunger for true hiphop and talent since she started rapping, so why is it that Azealia’s valid point of view is seen as hate? Hopefully in this interview you will see, it isn’t always about hate, sometimes it’s about a pure truth, a concern for realness, and the greater plot. Azealia is highly intelligent, and understands the way this world works, but just like you and I, she’s human and allowed to make mistakes.


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  1. That’s a revealing interview 👀😨
    The industry chews people up & spits them out; like it’s nothing… Even down to the local level, I’ve seen the difference in the way they treat rap artists verse rock artists. The rappers get paid “loans” when they’re signed now. Rockers get actual 1099 reportable income. 😐😐😐

    Even with only getting a glimpse of how things go down, it’s easy to see just how asinine the industry can be. Folks would be scratching their head if they knew how much talent is unsigned. There’s real art waiting to happen. But, marketability supersedes talent these days. There are dozens of Whitney Houston’s walking around, but labels would rather pick up anyone with a stripper booty.

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