"“When I rap, it's just an extension of how I speak, and that's how I talk. If you don't like it, don't listen.”"
Why we love Azealia Banks
Ever since we first laid ears on Azealia Banks effing and blinding and dropping C-bombs all over the shop on 212, we knew she was destined for big, big things, and possibly also some kind of obscenity-based prosecution. But although she seemed to spring forth overnight, fully-formed and potty-mouthed, 212 actually represented ultra-hot Azealia’s second stab at a solo career.
Back in 2009, she was signed to mega-label XL – home to Adele and Dizzee Rascal – under the name Miss Bank$. Unfortunately, XL and Azealia came to blows over the direction she wanted to take her career in; presumably, XL decided – incorrectly, as it turned out – that filthy sex-talk raps over planet-sized house beats were not the future. The label dropped her, but Banks came back stronger than ever, and has invented yet another alter-ego for herself: Yung Rapunxel.
“Yung Rapunxel is that girl who pisses people off but doesn't really mean to,” says Banks. “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 just lives in her head; she does what she wants to do...” And what she wants to do most of all, it seems, is drop C-bombs.
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