Updated 11:43 AM EST, Wed, Jan 26, 2022

Azealia Banks Playboy April 2015 Cover: Rapper Rants About 'Fat White Americans'

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Playboy Magazine issued a statement last month about rapper Azealia Banks's upcoming cover shoot, describing the work of veteran fashion photographer Ellen von Unwerth as a "nude pictorial" and a "frisky pictorial that's sure to break the internet".

The issue is here:

Topless and draped with cats, it's not Banks's photos that are causing a stir, but rather, the content of the highly controversial interview inside. She may be American, but that does not mean she's particularly proud of being one, as she expressed in the April issue of Playboy Magazine.

The 23-year-old has had a lot of beef on Twitter and a bunch of controversial interviews under her belt. According to the Los Angeles Times, she's among the most "polarizing" rappers since Kanye West, and her interview just proves it.

In the bare-all spread, Banks ranted about how she does not care about her songs getting played on radio, how much she hates Americans, and how she's still discriminated because of her race.

Here are some things she shared that raised a lot of eyebrows (and probably more Twitter beef):

On radio: "There are certain ways you have to behave if you want to get played on the radio," she said. "I want to date whoever I want to date. I want to smoke weed. I want to get drunk. I want to go on vacation, you know?"

On her home country: "I hate everything about this country. Like, I hate fat white Americans. All the people who are crunched into the middle of America, the real fat and meat of America, are these racist conservative white people who live on their farms. Those little teenage girls who work at Kmart and have a racist grandma -- that's really America."

On Lorde and Twitter and reparations: "It's always about race. Lorde can run her mouth and talk sh*t about all these other b*tches, but y'all aren't saying she's angry. If I have something to say, I get pushed into the corner. Because y'all motherf*ckers still owe me reparations! That's why it's still about race. Really, the generational effects of Jim Crow and poverty linger on. As long as I have my money, I'm getting the f*ck out of here and I'm gonna leave y'all to your own devices."

She also spoke about sex, her religion, and her career, among other things. Check out her full interview here.

The April 2015 issue of Playboy magazine will hit newsstands on Friday, March 20.

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