Azealia Banks – American rapper
Azealia Banks is an American singer, rapper and songwriter. Banks became famous in 2011 when topped the Cool List in New Musical Express magazine. In December of the same year she took the third place in the BBC Sound of 2012. Her debut single 212 recorded with the participation of Lazy Jay was released on December 6, 2011 and took the 20th place in the charts of the UK.
Azealia Amanda Banks was born on May 31, 1991 in Harlem, New York. Her father died when she was two years old, and her mother raised Azealia and two elder sisters herself. Since childhood the girl was interested in musical theater, acting and singing. At the age of 10 she began performing in non-commercial musicals as a part of TADA Theater. In addition to solo performances, she received three major roles in productions. Banks studied at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts located in Manhattan. However, she didn’t finish high school and followed her dream to become a musician.
In February 2009, Azealia under the pseudonym Miss Bank$ posted on the Internet her debut record Gimme a Chance. In the same year, Banks signed a contract with XL Records and began working with producer Richard Russell, but less than a year left the company.
She moved to Montreal, where she recorded under her real name. Banks uploaded on YouTube a few demo tracks, including L8R, and a cover version of Slow Hands by the group Interpol. In September 2011, she posted on her website debut single 212 officially released on December 6. The track received positive reviews and entered the top ten songs of the year at the Pitchfork.
Banks began working on her debut studio album with British producer Paul Epworth. She also took part in the recording of Shady Love, the first single from the fourth album Scissor Sisters. Because of some disagreements Azealia got out of a record deal with Universal Records. On November 6, 2014 she posted album on the Internet and Itunes.
It became known that Banks was working on several projects with Lady Gaga and Kanye West.