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Artist: Azealia Banks

Azealia Banks

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Azealia Amanda Banks (born May 31, 1991) is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter from Harlem, New York, USA, formerly known under the pseudonym Miss Bank$. Banks rose in notability in 2011 when she topped NME's "Cool List", finished third in BBC's Sound of 2012 and released her breakout debut single 212 (feat. Lazy Jay). Releasing the 1991 EP and Fantasea mixtape in 2012, her debut album Broke With Expensive Taste was delayed for three years, being released in November 2014. Growing up, Bank's mother raised her and two older sisters in Harlem after their father died when Banks was two. At a young age she became interested in musical theater, acting, and singing. She performed in off-Broadway musicals with the Tada! Youth Theater, and attended LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts where she starred in the school production of City of Angels at sixteen. An agent became interested in her, and she dropped out of high school in order to pursue a music career. Under the moniker 'Miss Bank$', she released her debut Gimme A Chance (accompanied by Seventeen) onto the internet in February 2009. Later that year, Banks signed to record label XL Records and began working with producer Richard Russell; she left the label later that year due to conflicting ideas. Following this, Banks left behind the 'Miss Bank$' moniker and formally became Azealia Banks, which preceded a move to Montreal. Banks uploaded several demo tracks on Youtube - including L8R and a cover of Slow Hands by Interpol. In September 2011, Banks released her debut single 212 (feat. Lazy Jay) as a free digital download from her website, which was subsequently released officially on December 6, 2011 as the lead single from one of Banks' future releases. The track attained European chart success, peaking at number seventeen in Netherlands, number twelve in the United Kingdom and at number seven in Ireland. Though unsigned at the time, Banks began working with British producer Paul Epworth on a debut studio album. In December 2011, it was announced that Banks would feature on Scissor Sisters' single Shady Love, though uncredited. On January 16, 2012, Banks released NEEDSUMLUV (SXLND), coinciding with the thirty-third birthday of the late singer Aaliyah, who is sampled on the track. A week later it was announced that t
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Azealia Banks - Broke With Expensive Taste - Exclaim! (Reviews)

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Azealia Banks - Broke With Expensive Taste

Fraught with interminable delays and self-sabotaging Twitter beefs, Azealia Banks' career was about to take yet another, potentially career-flatlining L if her debut full-length, Broke With Expensive Taste did not drop by the end of the calendar year. By shrewdly dropping the album with virtually no notice, she seemingly found a way to generate pushback against the increasing indifference towards her. It appears, then, that Banks has managed to pull off a minor miracle, as Broke With Expensive Taste is an artistic success as well as a strategic one. Banks has already...Read More

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STREAM: Azealia Banks - Yung Rapunxel (prod. by Lil Internet) - RCRD LBL

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With her initial promise (aka the "212" video) deadened by gross Internet beef, Azealia Banks is finally ready to stop boring Twitter users and release some new music. "Yung Rapunxel" is the first single from her long-awaited Broke With Expensive Taste, and it takes the "212" formula of choatic house beat matched up with rapidfire, sexualized vocals.

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Listen: Azealia Banks: "Yung Rapunxel" - Pitchfork - News

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Azealia Banks: "Yung Rapunxel" on SoundCloud.

Here's the newest single from Azealia Banks, "Yung Rapunxel". As you might recall, that's the ridiculous artwork above (which was shared right around when she called the Stone Roses "old saggy white niggas"). Banks posted the lyrics to her Tumblr.

Of course, there's news of further fallings-out to accompany the single's appearance: Banks took pot shots at British popstar Rita Ora, and cancelled her performance at Australia's Future Music Festival, possibly as a result of the fact that she "LEGIT almost got in a fist fight" with the Stone Roses' Ian Brown. She tweeted, "The promoter refused to make the same guys who messed up my show the other day move... So I'm leaving.... #FMF2013"

There's also an ongoing dispute with British rapper Shystie, who appeared on Banks' "Neptune" from the Fantasea mixtape; Banks returned the favor by guesting on Shystie's new single, "Control It", and appeared in the video, about which she's since been less than complimentary ("soooooo bogus," "so unoriginal , so not Azealia").

Banks' management and label, Universal Music Group Interscope Geffen A&M, served Shystie with a takedown notice. Shystie has now written an open letter published on Billboard's The Juice about her dealings with Banks and her team. Here's an excerpt:

"They had no respect for my schedule, or the fact that it's my video and she's just a feature..."

"It was actually upsetting to me, as I've done so much for her and her family outside of music. I've lent her money, sorted out her hair, took her team out clubbing, etc. We were all cool, like family. She told me that I was one of the best female artists out, and I felt she generally wanted to build a working relationship. I think the fame and pressure forces her to do stupid things, starting all these dumb publicity stunts." 

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1991 EP

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212

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212 (feat. Lazy Jay)

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1991

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Liquorice

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