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Azealia for president

By | Published on Tuesday 3 March 2015

Azealia Banks

Azealia Banks could be a future president of the United States Of America. Maybe. We only have an offhand comment to go on, but I suppose that’s as good as anything.

In an interview with Channel 4 News, Banks explained that she does not write about politics in her music because she sees it as an escape from what’s going on in the world, rather than a reflection of it.

“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”, she said. “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”.

On her political views, especially in the wake of events like the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri last summer, she added: “I think that there needs to be some new black political party that’s going to run for office – or whatever, even if they don’t run for office they just need to be this trusted board of members”.

Asked if she would lead that group and then run to become a US President, she smiled: “Maybe. Yeah, I would. I think I could do it”.

Though she admitted: “I definitely have a really hot temper… which I’m working on”.

Watch the full interview here: