Where's The Beef?

Azealia Banks Begs To Be Dropped From Universal

By James Rettig / January 27, 2014

Azealia Banks signed to Universal two years ago, on the promise of her great single “212.” And now that she’s on one of the biggest labels in the world, we’ve only gotten an EP and a mixtape out of the New York rapper, and her oft-promised debut, Broke With Expensive Taste, has seen its release date continuously pushed back. If we’re to believe Banks, some version of the album has been done since at least mid-July 2013. Since then, however, Broke With Expensive Taste has had a series of delays and, most recently, we’ve been promised a March release. At this point, all that’s clear is we’re not hearing this album anytime soon.

What’s unclear is how much of the problem lies with the label and how much of it can be chalked up to Banks’ constant shit-talking. Either way, Banks is not happy with her current situation. Perhaps feeling some Grammys FOMO, Banks tweeted her frustrations yesterday: while her bosses were schmoozing in L.A., the rapper was sitting at home with hot wings and ranch dressing. While she didn’t take any drastic measures (such as, say, leaking her whole album), the Twitter tirade gives some hint as to the troubles that the rapper has been facing. It’s likely that nothing will come of this and Banks will continue to be sidelined, but I hope that’s not the case. If Universal doesn’t want to work with her, I’m sure there are a lot of labels that would. Regardless of its quality, her debut album would at least be a conversation starter, and Azealia’s rabid fanbase would certainly convert into a lot of sales.

Read Banks’ tweets below.