Azealia Banks has never been afraid to speak her mind, and now the forthright rapper from Harlem has told Channel 4 News that she may be bidding to become America’s first female president.
She has called for a new black political party or a trusted board of members to be created – something she said she “maybe” want to be a part of.
But despite her political ambitions, she said that music was an escape from “how messed up everything is”.
Banks said: “I just feel like for centuries and centuries and centuries black people have been painted to be these animals and just be these crazy people when we are really not and I feel like all of the things like hip hop – these are the things we have created for ourselves in the face of all of the adversity.
Black people have been painted to be these animals and just be these crazy people when we are really not.Azealia Banks
“We’ve created these things for ourselves and they are ours. And they make us feel good and we don’t want you in the same way you don’t want us in I don’t want you in here.”
The outspoken artist has been at the centre of heated debate recently after announcing she is to appear nude on the cover of Playboy’s April issue, as well as being embroiled in a race dispute.
However, Banks said she is ready to calm down: “I definitely have a like a really hot temper…which I’m working on.”