Azealia Banks: ‘Maybe it’s time to stop being a crazy girl’

Azealia Banks wants to stop “being a crazy girl”. Photo: Chelsea LaurenNotorious hot head Azealia Banks has been doing some soul-searching.


The American rapper, 25, who was most recently evicted from Russell Crowe’s dinner party after an argument, told the UK’s Evening Standard that she wants to stop “being a crazy girl”.

The interview, which is believed to have taken place before the clash with the Australian Oscar winner at the Beverly Hills hotel on Saturday, reflected on her unruly behaviour through the years, including her barring from Twitter after a racist rant against former One Direction star Zayn Malik.

“My mother has never reprimanded me but she reprimanded me after the thing with Zayn happened. She was like, ‘Azealia, you hurt a lot of people’. I was like, ‘f—,'” she said as she started to cry.

Banks said the public spat with Malik, who she accused of stealing her ideas, made her self-reflect on two conflicting thoughts she has about being “real and being professional”.

“I realised you’re not keeping it real by being a crazy girl. You don’t lose anything by keeping your mouth shut. So maybe it’s time to stop being a crazy girl,” she said.

On her journey of self-discovery, she has also denounced her support for presidential candidate Donald Trump, after controversially backing him in February on her now defunct Twitter account: “I think Donald trump is evil like America is evil and in order for America to keep up with itself it needs him.”

She said it’s not because of his “grab them by the pussy” comment – because she has “said some f—-d-up shit like that too” – but because she believes Hillary Clinton is worse: “Everything [Trump] says out loud is all the things she says behind her back. You don’t think Hillary Clinton is racist? She just wants to be in that white feminist book with Eleanor Roosevelt.”

Crowe is the second Australian Banks has taken aim at. The singer, best known for her 2011 song 212, has a long-running feud with rapper Iggy Azalea, who she has accused of cultural appropriation. In March, after Azalea spoke about her struggles with depression, Banks took to Instagram to encourage her to suicide.

She has also fallen out with Sarah Palin (who she said should be gang raped), Eminem, Rita Ora and Lily Allen, and used homophobic slurs against showbiz blogger Perez Hilton.

Her headline appearance at British Rinse festival in July was cancelled after she said: “UK rap is just a disgrace to rap culture in general.”

Meanwhile, TMZ reported that Crowe was forced to bear hug Banks to keep her arms by her sides and evict her from his suite after she allegedly threatened to throw a glass after yelling at a woman and Crowe: “You would love it if I broke my glass, stabbed you guys in the throat, and blood would squirt everywhere like some real Tarantino shit.”

Crowe has since retweeted the TMZ report.

TMZ has also reported that Banks has since gone to the Beverly Hills police department to file a complaint.

Banks’ representative Raymani International tweeted the following: A statement has been issued regarding my client Azealia Banks, “Azealia is tremendously distraught and disheartened. She is shell shocked…— Raýmani (@Raymani) October 17, 2016and will speak out on the incident once she has had time to process the brutality and abuse she was unjustly subjected to.”— Raýmani (@Raymani) October 17, 2016

The incident on Saturday night (Sunday AEST) was supposedly sparked when the so-far unidentified woman told Banks to pipe down after the fiery musician mocked Crowe’s music choice and called his guests “boring white men”.

She was not formally invited but came as a guest of musician RZA, a friend of Crowe’s.