The world knows Azealia Banks for her slick tongue, IDGAF attitude and eclectic sound. Hip-hop’s wild child is free spirited and has an unbalanced mix of emotions that she pours into her artistry and into her tweets. The 24-year-old rapper has been through a lot in both her professional and personal life and has been very vocal about everything from her abusive childhood to being homeless and trying her luck on the stripper pole.
After being discovered on MySpace, she inked a deal with XL Recordings at just 17. Unfortunately, a series of nasty label beef began and she was eventually dropped. But that didn’t knock her hustle. She pushed forward, landed a deal with Interscope and battled executives there as well. The aspiring actress who appears to love drama didn’t hesitate to air out her former label and made headlines for her brash and outlandish comments.
But it didn’t distract her from continuing to make music for her evolving fan base. The road to her long-awaited debut album, Broke With Expensive Taste, was just as rocky as her past. But after the feedback of her Fantasea mixtape, it was clear a full LP was in high demand. While Banks said she fought for artistic freedom, outsiders saw her as being her own worst enemy. Nevertheless, she preferred the indie route to do her own thing as opposed to being forced to compromise her creativity.
Her approach to everything comes with a grain of salt — either you love it or hate it. But as open, carefree and honest as she is, many people get distracted from her genuine persona and focus on her Twitter outbursts, sailor mouth and war with those who tick her off — and that could be anyone depending on the day. We know you’ve probably witnessed her blast T.I. and Iggy Azealea on the radio and go at Wale in the tweets, but there’s so much more to Banks than that. Check out 15 Azealia Banks Facts You Should Know
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