Azealia Banks

New York rapper Azealia Banks has been on a reign of Twitter terror for years now, but if you’ve only been checking in during the (frequent) occasions in which she’s been blasting fellow musicians, you may have missed the many time she begged her label, Interscope, to drop her. Banks’s viral hit “212″ is more than two years old now, and the label seemed to be in no hurry to release her long-delayed debut album Broke With Expensive Taste. Today, though, she proudly and giddily announced that her deal with Interscope is no more: “IM ABOUT TO GET OUT OF MY DEAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THATS THE BIG SURPRISE!!!!! Free at last.” She also offered this surprising note: “All I need is to be a member of Interpol and my teenage dreams are complete !” So Banks’s teenage dreams were to sign with a major label, part with that label, and then join Interpol? Did she want to replace Carlos D, or…?

Comments (28)
  1. I enjoyed 212 but that was many moons ago. All of this talk from her is just bluster if she doesn’t release any material worth listening to. Isn’t that her job?

    • That’s a very grumpy post from me. It’s very humid currently give me a break.

      • Honestly, your “grumpy post” is completely accurate. I’m happy for her but if she doesn’t do something, AND I MEAN REALLY DO SOMETHING AND REALLY SOON, then who cares? She wasted her lead being difficult, and in hip-hop, or whatever she wants to call what she’s doing (didn’t she say she’s not a rapper despite rapping and not really singing?), that year or two killed her career, at least in the US.

        I really liked 212 and Fantasea and I’ve wanted to hear more from her ever since. Here is her chance, and she better not screw it up, OR ELSE!

  2. I’d pay big American Dollars to hear her fronting Interpol on “Public Pervert”

  3. i just hope to hear BWET soon…

  4. AZEALIA AND PAUL RELEASE COVER ART OF NEW ALBUM: BANKS OF AMERICA.
    Oct 15th ’14 by Tom Breihan @ 4:27pm

    • Yeah, there really is a non-zero chance that that happens. Maybe like .. 20% chance? Don’t forget Paul Banks’ oft-delayed but eventually-classic mixtape ‘Everybody On My Dick Like They Supposed To Be’.

  5. marko  |   Posted on Jul 10th +15

    The band or the police organization?

    With Azealia Banks, it’s kind of hard to tell.

  6. An artist most people have never heard of is now back to being an artist most people have never heard of.

    (sorry this wasn’t written in all caps. I’m not a teenager.)

  7. freedom

  8. Is it really her label’s fault that she hasn’t made any worthwhile music in 3 years?

  9. Surprised it took this long, to be honest. It’s such a shame. Going from collaborating with Kanye West and Lady Gaga to becoming a complete afterthought. And on top of that, Iggy Azalea beat her to the top of the charts.

    Hopefully getting away from a major label will be a good thing for her. She’s got talent; I hope she finds the time to use it.

    • What makes me the most sad of all of that is Iggy Azalea has never put out a verse that comes even close to anything off 212. As obnoxious as Azealia Banks is, she demonstrates an immense talent on that song, and it’s depressing to imagine that had she stayed on track we could have had her at the top of the charts instead of the watered down, boring flow and rhyming of Iggy Azalea.

  10. When I first heard 212 I thought, “I hope she doesn’t go the way of Kid Sister.” Looks like that’s more or less what happened, only she made a little more noise along the way.

  11. After she joins Interpol I hope she starts a big ol’ nasty beef with Carlos D.

  12. The only thing I’m wondering is how long until she starts shit-talking Interpol when they don’t ask her to join.

  13. She apparently only read half of the word when she signed with “InterSCOPE,” not “InterPOL.”

  14. She’s purty.

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