21 year old, Harlem native Azealia Banks who’s currently working on some new material with Kanye West, sat down with Rolling stone to talk about many issues surrounding her as a rapper.
During the interview, Azealia talked about her 1991 EP album, being bisexual, crying when she first met Beyonce, her signature purple lipstick, why being a ‘cunt’ is a good thing and heightened alter-ego.
“Yung Rapunxel” represents what I’m all about: being myself, no matter what it costs. Yung Rapunxel is that girl who pisses people off but doesn’t really mean to. She’s actually a sweetheart! But people are so taken aback that she’s so herself; she’s not even trying to be unique or different. She literally just lives in her head; she does what she wants to do. So, the lipstick is here for someone who is happy to be them-self.
I think purple on dark skin does look really royal. So instead of a brown or red, I thought purple was perfect for me. Plus, my hair is actually inspired by it! I got this purple weave when I went to Australia and had a meeting with [MAC] and said, “This is my hair for the fall. Let’s do purple.”
“When I first started wearing long weaves – this was when I was about 16 and worked at Starbucks and could afford it, [because] before that, my parents wouldn’t let me! – I bought this 24-inch-long weave. And you could not tell me that I was not the sexiest shit ever. I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, look at me.” And I started calling myself Rapunzel; when I wrote “212,” I randomly added the ‘Young” to it. Sometimes when you’re writing, ideas just spring up randomly, and I realized “Yung Rapunxel” sounded so cool.”
On what inspired her latest music video ’1991,′ such as vogue-ing and ball culture:
“Well, I’m from Harlem. I went to art school; I grew up with the cunts. And that term doesn’t come from me! People think I invented it, but I didn’t. To be cunty is to be feminine and to be, like, aware of yourself. Nobody’s f-cking with that inner strength and delicateness. The cunts, the gay men, adore that. My friends would say, “Oh you need to cunt it up! You’re being too banjee.” Banjee means unrefined and rough. You need your cunts: they fix your hair for you and do your makeup. They give you confidence and give you life.”
On whether she supports the gays and her sexuality:
“Definitely. I mean, I’m bisexual, so it makes sense. But I don’t want to be that girl who says all gays necessarily hang out together, of course! I have people say to me, “Oh wow, my friend is gay, too,” and I’m like, “Yeah, so?”
On the two celebrities she idolized while growing up:
“Aaliyah. And I love Beyonce – she’s the queen of everything. She’s the most remarkable performer and musician. And this is just my humble opinion, but I just think she’s better than everyone else making music right now.
I met her – and I cried! It was so embarrassing. It was at the Met Ball. I was f-cking around with Kanye and she was sitting there, chilling and eating dinner. I freaked out. And I realized she saw me being a dummy and I started crying. Then I saw her expression, like, “Girl, get your sh-t together.” I had to walk away and get myself together and pat my face, then come back to properly say hi! And if I meet her again someday, I’ll probably cry again.”