Azealia Banks Uk Tour Tickets Go On Sale Today, But Who Is She?
Recently signed to Universal Music Group, Azealia Banks has rapidly become to new buzz act for 2012 – Nicki Minaj, move over! The rapper and drama school attendee is now touring the UK, with tickets going on sale this morning. But who exactly is she? The '212' rapper had a chat with XXL Magazine to give an insight on what she represents...
She said: "I was doing musical theatre as a kid. I was kind of doing it hoping, in the future that I ended up somewhere artistic. I didn’t necessarily think I’d be like rapping or anything like that. I was hanging out in New York and chilling and cutting school and s**t and I started listening to a lot more rap. I was really wack at first and, I don’t know, maybe I’m still wack (laughs). I just started doing it just to stay creative.”
The rapper and singer was initially signed to XL when she was just 17. However, she was dropped soon after."“People get dropped from labels all the time. It’s not something that was defining of me," Azealia explained. She went on to say XL wasn’t the place for her anyway: "It’s kind of like when you have your first boyfriend and you think he’s the world and you think, 'I’m going to marry this guy', and then you guys have been together three months and then you’re broken up and you’re like, 'Oh my God f**k love!' and then you meet someone else [UMG] and you’re like, 'Oh, I get it...'
Azealia also told us what we can expect from her forthcoming album: "It’s going to be a lot of different styles. There’s going to be a big rave aesthetic to it. One long party. There will definitely be some hip-hop on it but it will be Euro-influenced. Hip-hop sounds different in London, R&B sounds different in Europe. Things are a bit more progressive. I think that’s the word. Everything’s going to sound progressive."
Get your tickets to see Azealia Banks live: H E R E
Words: Maz Khan (@MazHalima)
Online editing: Joseph 'JP' Patterson (@Jpizzledizzle)