Azealia Banks Begs To Be Dropped From Universal

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.

Comments (19)
  1. At least she paired her blue cheese with a nice whine.

  2. Sony must have a better reputation for dealing with insufferable face-biters.

  3. This is hilarious. What makes her so sure another label would even want her anyway? Labels aren’t exactly fighting over her are they?

  4. Yo gurl go talk to Lady Soveriegn. Nobody really cares anymore.

  5. Yeah, that’s news: ignorant artist gets big label deal and figures out…SURPRISE…it’s run by white guys who don’t give a crap about her “craft”, just her product. Same story, different decade.

  6. Where’s the beef? It’s definitely in that picture of Azealia up there. I just can’t bring myself to look at it for long enough to figure out where

  7. It’s not you Azealia.

    It’s definitely everybody else.

  8. Since when is an artist’s behavior an understood determining factor in if/when their album is released? If everyone else were held to that standard, half of metal, rap, and punk rock would never have happened.

  9. The problem is that every single after 212 stunk. Is that Universal’s fault?

  10. The moral of the story: the public will forgive all kinds of shenanigans if the music is good. If Kanye were releasing Azealia-level material, he’d be in the same position.

  11. Loved 212 when I first heard it. Hated her version of Harlem Shake. Completely turned off by her response to Bauer after he tried to pull the plug on it. Every subsequent word I’ve heard from here since has further convinced me that her loud-ass-mouth is a much larger part of her character than music is. Done with her! Move along people! Flash-in-the-damn-pan. Drop her so we can stop reading about it already!

  12. That last tweet had me laughing my but off

  13. “I would literally give anything to be on XL right now.”

    I’ll bet you would. Oh, wait…you beefed with Richard Russell too. Looks like you pissed off the wrong “English guy in West Bumblefrickin’ nowhere London.”

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