Azaelia Banks Speaks Out On Traumatic Childhood
New female rap sensation Azaelia Banks is known for her outspoken and ‘ready for war’ attitude when it comes to beef with fellow rappers, but the 21-year-old femcee has recently spoken about the issue of domestic abuse – which she suffered as a child at the hands of her mother…
In an interview with Dazed & Confused, the Harlem native candidly spoke about the physical and verbal abuse she suffered as a child and her decision to leave the family home from an early age.
Banks revealed: “After my dad died, my mom became really abusive - physically and verbally. Like, she would hit me and my sisters with baseball bats, bang our heads up against walls and she would always tell me I was ugly.”
Explaining how it influenced the strong character she portrays today – the ‘212’ rapper continued: ''It was like growing up a feral child, being raised by this person who was always yelling and screaming, hitting you and dragging you around and s**t. Granted, she never had any drug or drinking problems - her house was clean, her hair was always done and we had stuff - but she still f****d me up real bad.”
The full interview is available in the current issue of Dazed & Confused, which has currently been banned in seven countries due to controversial cover featuring the rapper blowing a condom up.
Words: Jason (@Jason_Mbm)