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Miss Azealia Banks, 2011's Filthiest Female Rapper

by Samantha Bartlett
23 December 2011 8 Comments

She sacked off her record label, swears like a trooper, raps about oral sex while wearing Disney clothes and makes Rihanna look like a Nun...

Hailing from Harlem, Banks was classically trained at Manhattan’s La Guardian School Of Performing Arts (a.k.a. the Fame School), however don’t let that fool you into thinking she’s a stage-school sweetheart- quite the opposite in fact.

Her favourite word is cunt, and soaraway viral track 212 is littered with it…

With comparisons to Nicki Minaj (who she is a massive fan of), Banks is labelled as a female rapper, but goes far beyond the barriers of the genre with her electro beats, indie image and razor sharp lyrics.

In the days where X Factor clones clutter the charts, Banks comes as a breath of (albeit totally filthy) air- not caring about offending anyone or conforming just to win fans.

She even gave up her first record deal with label XL because she didn’t like the direction they were taking with her music.

You soon realise this girl means business as she graphically describes oral sex- still with her toothy grin perfectly on show.

Deciding not to quit however, she chose to channel her anger into writing the super-sharp lyrics which occupy her tracks such as ‘212’ and ‘L8TR’ that caught the eyes of top music execs.

On the XL debate, she has a clear message to the label saying they look “fucking stupid right now, cause y’all don’t have Azealia Banks on your roster”. Compare that to one of Cowell’s protégés who whine or say they parted ‘amicably’ after he drops them like a ton of bricks and you’ll see why Azealia stands out from the crowd.

Considering she’s fairly young, the star is not short on confidence, saying:

“I’m fucking talented. Don’t disregard me cause I’ll be coming for your ass next.”

The catchy ‘212’ is an infectious dance number that sees Banks at her best and most filthiest- considering it had to be altered 40 times just to be allowed on the radio.

The video (which went viral after its release) sees the star look almost angelic in her short-shorts and Disney attire, but you soon realise this girl means business as she graphically describes oral sex- still with her toothy grin perfectly on show.

The juxtaposition of her innocent face and filthy mouth makes for a winning combination and teamed with a simply shot video and dirty distorted-horn baseline makes for a delicious debut track that you will definitely be sticking on repeat.

Her cover of Interpol’s ‘Slow Hands’ has also won over critics- showing that she is not just a one-dimensional act.

Fellow popstrel Rihanna has been heavily criticized lately for her ‘sexed-up image, however if you thought revealing ‘Fuck You’ on a pair of shoes during a prime-time TV performance was edgy, you’re gonna have to prepare yourself for Miss Banks who quite frankly makes Ri-Ri look like a nun.

With hype surrounding the star and a host of celebrity fans including Katy B, Labrynth and Marina and the Diamonds jumping on board, it won’t be long until Banks becomes a household name.

Just make sure you get your Mother some ear plugs

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dettwork 2:01 pm, 8-Dec-2011

kind of a female King Fantastic .. prefer KF personally but it's nice enough

terry 9:42 pm, 8-Dec-2011

you lot change ur tune dont ya....

.... 12:23 pm, 9-Dec-2011

She sounds like a worse version of Amanda Blank, who lets face it is no great shakes herself. Dull article that seems to have appeared on here before...

girlontheground 6:57 pm, 9-Dec-2011

love her. check out L8R :

abraham 1:28 pm, 13-Dec-2011

So, stage school girl sings/raps over boring dance track, and it's apparently the best thing ever because she uses the word c**t. Didn't Peaches do this years ago? This is dull music with nothing to say, so yeah she'll be a hit.

anon 2:17 pm, 23-Dec-2011

she says cunt in one song and now she's suddenly the filthiest rapper ever? bit hyperbolic since none of her other tunes are particularly rude

cleave 5:21 pm, 23-Dec-2011

Speech Debelle had a similar attitude towards her record label....wonder what happened to her?

Lishé boo_ 9:55 pm, 18-Oct-2013

She iz dope, also we all make mistakes so sup??! Azealia is da craziest rapper eva, and drz nthing anybody can change__She was da #noobie but now she will ruin all cunts!! :D REPSFERGESTEINE

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