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Azealia Banks Cancels Tour Because K. Michelle Was “Unavailable”

Azealia Banks and K. Michelle just announced a joint tour earlier this month, and now it’s already been cancelled. Banks shared the news on Twitter, saying that K. Michelle’s team said she would be “unavailable this fall.” This would have been Banks’ first U.S. tour, and she’s already working on rescheduling some of the date… More »

By: Peter Helman / July 30, 2015 - 7:46 pm

Azealia Banks Beefs With Australia

Azealia Banks is well-known for her tendency to speak her mind on Twitter, and she’s done so again regarding her recent performances in Australia. She performed at the Splendour in the Grass festival this weekend along with a few other shows. But after a radio announcer poked fun at her for a short set, Bank… More »

By: Caitlin White / July 28, 2015 - 11:12 am

Azealia Banks Leaves Her Label (Again)

Azealia Banks’ very public dispute with her previous record label, Universal, led them to drop her from their roster, which allowed her to release her long-delayed debut album, Broke With Expensive Taste, last year. She partnered up with Prospect Park management for the release of that record but yesterday, she announced that she’s leaving the… More »

By: James Rettig / July 21, 2015 - 5:51 pm

Azealia Banks, Stephen Hawking Pull Out Of Glastonbury

Earlier this morning, Glastonbury Festival announced via Twitter that Azealia Banks will no longer be performing at this weekend’s event. Banks told Billboard that she’s pulled out because of her doctor’s orders for vocal rest:… More »

By: Caitlin White / June 26, 2015 - 1:08 pm

Azealia Banks To Star In 8 Mile-Style Rap Drama Directed By RZA

Add “actress” to Azealia Banks’ résumé of rapper, singer, and professional shit-talker. The Hollywood Reporter says that Banks has been tapped to star in It Doesn’t Have To Rhyme, which they describe as being “similar in tone to 8 Mile.” The film will be directed by RZA, who made his directorial debut in 2012 with… More »

By: James Rettig / May 26, 2015 - 9:07 pm

Azealia Banks, Dev Hynes Criticize BET Awards

Azealia Banks and Dev Hynes, two of the most fascinating, outspoken, talented black musicians working today, took to Twitter today with some harsh words for the BET Awards. Nominations for this year’s ceremony came out this morning, and Banks is up for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist, but she called the awards “bogus” and said she… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 18, 2015 - 12:38 pm

Azealia Banks’ Next Album Is Called Business & Pleasure

Azealia Banks’ much-delayed but surprisingly very good debut Broke With Expensive Taste finally came out last year, and it looks like the rapper has already made a lot of headway on its followup. As Pitchfork points out, Banks told NME in a new interview that her sophomore record will be called Business & Pleasure, and… More »

By: James Rettig / May 13, 2015 - 10:08 pm

Watch Peacemaker Azealia Banks Stop Fans Fighting At Her NYC Concert

Azealia Banks is usually the one picking the fights, but she ended up shutting one down at last night’s Irving Plaza show. Members of the audience started fighting in the front row while Banks performed “Miss Amor” off of last year’s Broke With Expensive Taste. Banks stopped the show and called the individuals out, telling… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / May 12, 2015 - 4:42 pm

Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen (Remix)” (Feat. Azealia Banks, Quavo, & Gucci Mane)

Plenty of people idolize Fetty Wap’s exuberant druggy jam “Trap Queen,” so why shouldn’t it get a remix featuring Quavo of Migos, prolific and jail-bound Gucci Mane, and the ever-controversial Azealia Banks? “Trap Queen” is 18 months old after all, a song that rose from SoundCloud to release by Lyor Cohen’s 300 Entertainment and currently… More »

By: Caitlin White / May 5, 2015 - 12:58 pm

The 10 Best Moments Of Coachella 2015 Friday

There’s every other festival in America, and then there’s Coachella. Every year, it feels like it matters just a bit more than the others. It’s the oldest, dating back to the final moments of the ’90s, so its infrastructure is tight and its organizers know what they’re doing. It’s first, so all these bands are… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 11, 2015 - 1:04 pm

Azealia Banks – “Ice Princess” Video

Azealia Banks has shared a video for “Ice Princess,” the AraabMusik-produced track from her debut album, Broke With Expensive Taste. There’s no interactive element here like there was with her Google-backed “Wallace” video, but it’s a slick clip directed by the production team We Were Monkeys. Banks is the titular princess, who owns a pet… More »

By: James Rettig / March 31, 2015 - 9:23 am

GypjaQ – “Blown Away” (Feat. Azealia Banks) Video

QypJaQ is a New York-based rapper who has basically no online footprint, but it looks like he’s about to “blow away” the Twittersphere thanks to his high school friend and collaborator, Azealia Banks. The duo released a video for GypjaQ’s track “Blow Away,” which boasts the ridiculously clever repeating hook: “Blown away like the cloud/… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / March 27, 2015 - 6:08 pm

Azealia Banks’ Playboy Photos And Interview Are Out

Back in February Playboy teased their upcoming Azealia Banks cover, and now that cat-inspired spread has arrived. It seems like everything Banks does has a mischievous twist, so even if she’s wearing a cheetah-print teddy, there’s also an actual cat perched on her head, too. It’s a clever, tongue-in-cheek commentary on the magazine’s obsession with… More »

By: Caitlin White / March 16, 2015 - 2:03 pm

Azealia Banks – “Wallace” Video

In making her new video for “Wallace,” a track from her 2014 album Broke With Expensive Taste, Azealia Banks did something different. The video is an interactive piece of work, one that you help control via webcam. Apparently, the way you move your face controls the way her face moves, and your face also show… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 11, 2015 - 12:27 pm

Azealia Banks Is Twitter Fighting With Erykah Badu Now

Surprise, surprise: Azealia Banks got into a spat with Erykah Badu on Twitter yesterday. After Badu replied to someone who asked if she listened to the rapper and said that she “tried,” Banks ascended from whatever hell dimension she constantly checks her @-replies in to call her out. “When artists grow old and begin to… More »

By: James Rettig / February 15, 2015 - 10:57 am

Azealia Banks Is Posing Nude For Playboy

As Pitchfork points out, Azealia Banks will pose nude in the April edition of Playboy. According to the magazine, the shoot is “frisky pictorial that’s sure to break the Internet.” “Frisky,” if the teaser image is anything to go on, appears to be code for “we’re making her look like a cat.” Furries and horny… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 11, 2015 - 1:21 pm

The Week In Pop: Empire, Nashville, & TV’s Music Drama Craze

Rome wasn’t built in a day, but Empire’s empire might have been. Fox’s new drama series about a superstar rapper turned ailing hip-hop mogul debuted to staggering numbers two weeks ago, pulling 9.8 million same-day viewers. The stats have only gone up since, with Empire’s next two episodes nabbing 10.3 million and 10.9 million, respectively. More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 22, 2015 - 4:26 pm

The 40 Best Rap Albums Of 2014

In 2014, rap’s biggest names more or less sat the year out. Kanye West never got around to releasing that populist masterwork he’s been promising. Drake threw a bunch of great songs up on Soundcloud rather than compiling those songs into an LP. Jay Z went on tour with his wife but gave us no… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 16, 2014 - 11:10 am

The Week In Pop: The Cold Hard Facts On The Year In Pop

Now that December is upon us, publications are starting to roll out their year-end lists. In the preface to our own countdown of the year’s best albums, we noted how subjective that pursuit is, but there is a more objective way to determine what music ruled 2014: cold hard facts. And what do you know,… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 4, 2014 - 4:38 pm

Azealia Banks – “Chasing Time (Max Tundra Remix)”

British producer Max Tundra (real name Ben Jacobs) has shared a remix of Azealia Banks’ “Chasing Time” using the stems that Banks made available for her remix contest for the song. It’s unclear if the producer actually intends to submit this in for the contest, but he notes that this is the only remix he’… More »

By: James Rettig / November 28, 2014 - 2:42 pm
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