Azealia Banks


Azealia Amanda Banks ( ə-ZEE-lee-ə; born May 31, 1991) is an American rapper, singer and songwriter. Raised in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City, she began releasing music through Myspace in 2008 before being signed to XL Recordings at age 18. In 2011, her debut single "212" went viral and entered several international charts. Banks subsequently signed with Interscope and Polydor Records before later separating in July 2013. Banks ultimately became an independent artist and started her own independent record label, Chaos & Glory Recordings, after multiple negative experiences with previous labels.

Banks has released three mixtapes (Fantasea in 2012, Slay-Z in 2016, and Yung Rapunxel: Pt.II in 2019), one studio album (Broke with Expensive Taste in 2014), and two extended plays (1991 in 2012 and Icy Colors Change in 2018). Her long-delayed second and third studio albums, Fantasea II: The Second Wave and Business & Pleasure, await release. The lead singles from each respective album, "Anna Wintour" and "Black Madonna" were released in April 2018 and June 2020 respectively. In December 2017, Banks had her film debut in the musical drama Love Beats Rhymes, portraying the lead character.

Throughout her career, Banks' social media presence and outspoken views, especially on U.S. politics and race, have attracted significant controversy, criticism, and media scrutiny. She has developed a reputation for having disputes with public figures on Twitter before being banned from the platform.


June 11, 2022

Azealia Banks’ Wynwood Pride Gig Was a Dry Ice Disaster

After cutting hours-late concert short, rapper turns to Twitter to blame organizers for rocky performance

April 22, 2022

Azealia Banks’ Verse on Mallrat’s “Surprise Me” Must Be Heard to Be Believed

Azealia Banks’ Louis C.K. punchline steals the show on Australian pop singer Grace Shaw’s latest single.

March 12, 2022

Azealia Banks Blasts Kanye West Over Stem Player

Banks had time. Continue reading…

March 4, 2022

Azealia Banks’ ‘Racism’ Claim Against Jeff Kwatinetz Stricken From Lawsuit

The “212” artist can keep mentions of Kwatinetz’s disputes with the Backstreet Boys and Kelly Clarkson in her complaint, but racism theory needs “developing,” judge rules

February 16, 2022

Azealia Banks Posts Messages Exposing Julia Fox After Kanye Split

Jabs thrown between Azealia Banks and Julia Fox were below the belt. Continue reading…

December 10, 2021

Azealia Banks Fires Back at Manager Jeff Kwatinetz’s Libel Lawsuit

The "212" artist claims in a new-cross complaint that Kwatinetz played the part of a “romantic suitor” to “steal” from her

November 22, 2021

Azealia Banks Slams Kanye West, Says Cancel Culture Doesn’t Exist: ‘Only God Can Cancel Something’

"Listen to my music. Listen to the last five years of Kanye West’s music. I’m superior."

November 22, 2021

Azealia Banks Isn’t Even Mad It Took the World a Decade to Catch Up With Her

The rapper opens up about her upcoming music, why cancel culture isn't real, and why she's not on TikTok

September 24, 2021

Azealia Banks Elated Over Grimes, Elon Musk Breakup: ‘We Can Finally Make Those Darn Songs’

Banks once famously Instagrammed through an incident during which she was left alone in Grimes and Musk's home after being summoned for a collaboration

September 18, 2021

Azealia Banks Wants to Know Why Nicki Minaj Questions Vaccine

Banks has questions. Continue reading…

August 31, 2021

Azealia Banks Calls Kanye West’s Donda Album 'Wild Garbage'

Azealia Banks doesn’t hold back. Continue reading…

July 26, 2021

Grimes says her new song is “about having to defeat Azealia Banks when she tried to destroy my life”

The rapper responded by saying "Grimes def has some psychosexual obsession with me" The post Grimes says her new song is “about having to defeat Azealia Banks when she tried to destroy my life” appeared first on NME.

July 13, 2021

Azealia Banks’ “Fuck Him All Night” Is a Steamy Club Banger

One of rap’s least censored voices joins house producer Galcher Lustwerk to deliver a filthy, floor-filling anthem.

July 9, 2021

Azealia Banks’ ‘Fuck Him All Night’ Is Peak 2021 — Raunchy, Weird, And Exciting All At Once

Her genuinely eccentric, one-of-a-kind style might be exactly what we need right now

July 6, 2021

Azealia Banks Points Her Fingers at Kanye West in ‘F— Him All Night’ Cover Art

Azealia Banks returns with provocative artwork for her upcoming "F--- Him All Night' single, but there's even more art within the cover fans are paying attention to.

April 17, 2021

Azealia Banks Jokes About Birthing 'Demon Entity' With Kanye

Azealia Banks wants to combine forces with Kanye. Continue reading…

March 14, 2021

Zara Larsson says she’ll fire creative director following exchanges with Azealia Banks

Ryder Ripps appeared to suggest Larsson "should get fatter, and stop trying to be hot" The post Zara Larsson says she’ll fire creative director following exchanges with Azealia Banks appeared first on NME.


Surprise Me

April 14, 2022

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October 29, 2021

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Fuck Him All Night

July 7, 2021

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Hypnotic (blklght Remix) [Extended Version]

May 28, 2021

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Hypnotic (blklght Remix)

May 28, 2021

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Hypnotic (Kamer Hip Hop Remix)

May 28, 2021

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Hypnotic (DJ Ironik Mix)

May 28, 2021

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Hypnotic (Progressive Mix)

May 28, 2021

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Hypnotic (Kilanova Mix)

May 28, 2021

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Hypnotic (Remixes)

May 28, 2021

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Hypnotic (Benny Benassi Remix)

May 7, 2021

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April 19, 2021

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Six Flags

January 8, 2021

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Mamma Mia

December 23, 2020

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Black Madonna

June 8, 2020

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Slow Hands

March 16, 2020

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Count Contessa

December 14, 2019

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Pyrex Princess

January 1, 2019

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Icy Colors Change

December 20, 2018

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Miss Camaraderie (Bon Vivant Remix)

July 28, 2018

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Treasure Island

July 6, 2018

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Anna Wintour

April 6, 2018

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Movin’ On Up (Coco’s Song, Love Beats Rhymes)

March 9, 2018

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September 1, 2017

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July 7, 2017

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Chi Chi

June 5, 2017

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The Big Big Beat

May 6, 2016

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Broke with Expensive Taste

November 7, 2014

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July 11, 2012

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1991 - EP

May 28, 2012

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