"“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.”"
Full name: Azealia Amanda Banks
DOB: May 31, 1991
Place of birth: Harlem, New York, USA
Azealia Banks facts
Azealia dropped out of school at 16 to pursue her recording career.
She’s collaborated with Lady Gaga, Kanye West, Lana Del Rey and MIA.
Azealia has released a line of purple lipsticks with MAC Cosmetics.
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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