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Azealia Banks

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Harlem, New York NY, United States (2009 – present)

Azealia Amanda Banks (born May 31, 1991) is an American rapper, singer and lyricist from Harlem, New York signed to Interscope/Polydor, and formerly known under the pseudonym Miss Bank$. Banks rose in notability in 2011 when she topped NME’s “Cool List” for the year. On December 5, 2011, the BBC announced that Banks had been nominated for the Sound of 2012, where she ultimately finished third. Her debut single, “212” featuring Lazy Jay, was released on December 6, 2011.

Banks was born in 1991. Her mother raised her and two older sisters in Harlem, after their father died when she was two years old. At a young age she became interested in musical theater, acting, and singing. Aged ten, she began performing in off-Broadway musicals with the Tada! Youth Theater in Lower Manhattan. She had lead roles in three productions (Rabbit Sense, Sleepover, and Heroes) in addition to performing as a soloist. Banks was trained in the performing arts at the LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts in Manhattan. At the age of sixteen, Banks starred in a production of the comedy-noir musical City of Angels. She never finished high school, instead choosing to follow her dream of becoming a recording artist.

Under the moniker ‘Miss Bank$’, she released her debut recording “Gimme A Chance” onto the internet in February 2009. The recording was accompanied by “Seventeen”, a track produced by American DJ Diplo which sampled the Ladytron song of the same name. Later that year, Banks signed to record label XL Records and began working with producer Richard Russell; leaving the label later that year due to conflicting ideas.

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  • smileywill

    STAN

    8 hours ago Reply
  • Albert-The-Duke

    Interscope has got to be the worst fucking label in the world. They have no idea what they are doing if they can't handle Azealia Banks. If Courtney Love can be managed, so can a twenty year old girl.

    yesterday evening Reply
  • justafakesmile

    "Album leaks starting April 15th" she didn't mention the year so stop whinning [3]

    Yesterday 9:22pm Reply
  • CWAS91

    Angel Haze and Iggy Azalea have albums out before Azealia... WHAT?!

    Yesterday 8:42pm Reply
  • primaconnor-

    lol

    Yesterday 6:59pm Reply
  • SoilSavvy

    detox is gon come out before broke with expensive taste. NY takes another L once again.

    Yesterday 6:40pm Reply
  • LouisaViolet

    Man, it was all so promising. What is going on with her?

    Yesterday 6:37pm Reply
  • modern_thing

    what a mess

    Yesterday 5:29pm Reply
  • thiagomonte

    Tem cara de empregada.

    Yesterday 4:07pm Reply
  • MarcusLMosnter

    Is her label holding a gun to her head or what? LEAK THIS SHIT ALREADY AZEALIA, it's been almost two years, they won't release it now.

    Yesterday 6:14am Reply
  • RainbowOverdose

    kerida esse álbum nao vaza nao amada?

    Yesterday 4:31am Reply
  • wonskyu

    SONY BUY ME OFF OF UNIVERSAL PLEASE I'M REALLY IN HELL HERE

    Yesterday 4:21am Reply
  • imaread

    Azliar Banks [3]

    Yesterday 3:31am Reply
  • GustavoLourenco

    ATM JAM is okay but i wont lie i get happy when she said it wasn't on BWET lol, i hope the songs from the album just be as awesome as the ones on the EP and on the Mixtape

    Yesterday 2:31am Reply
  • DouglasCostaAx

    Cada dia gostando mais dela <3 [2]

    Yesterday 12:37am Reply
  • aimeucool

    and btw i hope her album is really too good bc i am not waiting years to hear atm jam quality songs

    Yesterday 11:42pm Reply
  • aimeucool

    VDD MARLÃO

    Yesterday 11:40pm Reply
  • CharlieLeGrand

    the most evil bitch on the planet

    18 Apr 9:43pm Reply
  • Lando_Land

    What is she promoting now? a petting zoo and santeria? I'm running out of patience

    18 Apr 7:25pm Reply
  • wiinter

    Azliar Banks [2] Still loving her. =(

    18 Apr 4:24pm Reply
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