Azealia Banks Doesn’t Care If You Like Her & I Love It

by Britni Danielle

I have a confession to make. Until recently, I’d only heard one Azealia Banks song.

Her upbeat, dance groove, “212,” was all I had to go on musically, but I still loved her. The grainy video had her looking all schoolgirl fresh in pigtails and glistening black skin and Micky Mouse shirt innocently hugging her curves. But her lyrics were unmistakably raw. She was a paradox in action, playing with the images of innocence while talking so dirty. It was fun to watch.

But my love for Azealia didn’t spring out of her music. It came from her take-no-shorts attitude. Banks is a female rapper on an island. Unlike other women who are shepherded into the game under the protective wing of an established male rapper, Azealia burst on the scene on her own terms, often taking shots at her peers—both male and female alike.

Earlier this year she got into a kerfuffle with T.I. after criticizing his artist Iggy Azalea’s inclusion on XXL’s Freshman Class cover, she’s beefed with both Nicki Minaj and Lil’ Kim, and she’s called Jim Jones out for being too much of a Harlem dude. Seemingly overnight, Azealia has had ish to say about everybody in the game, and as much as the gatekeepers try to minimize her shine, she just continues to rise.

Based on her mixtape, the sheer will of her arrogance, and IDGAF attitude Azelia Banks has become the industry’s it girl.

Just in the past few months Banks has scored magazine covers from Dazed and Confused and Spin, to Paper and Vibe, signaling that she’s the next big thing. The fashion world has also taken notice of the brown-skinned beauty and she’s popped up front and center at New York Fashion Week, and has been dressed by both establish and upstart fashion houses.

But will Banks be able to parlay her sassy attitude, undeniable talent, and signature style into a Kanye-esque career or will folks get tired of her in-your-face stance and cast her aside like all of the other women who don’t seem to seek their approval?

Will Azealia Banks’ career happen?

  • gmarie

    I wish she would burn fewer bridges and play it a little smarter as a newbie that I’d like to see succeed. Other than that I don’t mind her being blunt and outspoken. I like her music and I guess that’s what matters most

  • African Mami

    Whatev! sooooooooooooooo do not care for her and her brand of who is she?

  • Sweetles

    Agreed.

  • Libby

    I don’t know one artist that doesn’t care of they are liked… not one.

  • Yb

    Love this girl.

  • shadow

    Regardless if you like her or not, she better collect & secure her coins as quickly as she can cause she won’t be on top but for so long…that’s just how it goes.

  • df

    I keep hearing about her even though I don’t go out of my way to. Obviously, she’s the next female artist that will be rammed down her throat so I’m gonna have to be more stealthy about ignoring her!

  • http://gravatar.com/worshipandpraise JN

    I think she is trying too hard NOT to be liked. Who goes out their way to pick non-existent twitter beef?

  • African Mami

    she beefing with folks like Jim Jones like really? Sit yo azz down. Next thang, she gon find my comment and start beefarizing me on twirra.

  • http://theogk.wordpress.com Kelly Hawkins

    I REALLY like her. Her Fantasea mixtape is crazy and had me feeling all types of energy! Her career will happen because she is dope. I hope she’s strong-willed enough to keep up the quality and integrity of her music.

  • http://gravatar.com/heavenleiblu heavenleiblu

    Uhh… who?

  • Anthony

    I guess I’m just old because I just don’t get the whole “beef” thing. I could not imagine, for instance, Earth, Wind, and Fire having a beef with Parliament or the Commodres. All of the arguments and rivalries just seem immature to me.

  • African_princess

    I’m sure this ” I don’t like her” is because she’s dark-skin. I’m sure if she were white or light skin, you fools would be all over her! So sad because the girl is super talented.

  • chnyere

    she is so talented, flow is ridiculous but her language is too inappropriate for her to get popular

  • SS25

    No, she a little BICTH(momma dee spelling) that needs to change her attitude.

  • Essence_Girl

    I actually think the only reason the author likes her is because she is a brown skin, she hardly wears clothes, swears like a sailor, has questionable fashion choices, beefs with everyone, seems like she’s just like Nicki Minaj – but you like her because she’s brown skinned.

  • OSHH

    SMH, I thought I was the only one who caught that. A musician is some who actually plays/manipulates intruments and of course we have rappers.
    Now there is the RARE breed that is both but they are few and far between

  • rahmi

    I’m diggin’ this e-magazine…it’s lively, fresh and something new to me. Well, isn’t everything new in these digital daze? Anyway, to my point(s)…

    [exhaling] So nice to see articles and snippets without all the typos and grammatical atrocities– WTFITA?! So, kudos to Britini D.

    A few things to think about and delve deeper into – ya know(?) – do due diligence….

    1.) Nobody, nil, “burst on the scene” on their own terms when it comes to ‘the industry’…the enter[con]tainment industry, that is;

    2.) The author says, “…as much as the gatekeepers try to minimize her shine”…well, in this real-world illusion called Life it appears this way but please know & trust that the gatekeepers emphatically guard the gate AND they are commanded on Whom they let shine…and as a matter of fact, oftentimes, they’re shine is made-up…fabricated (e.g., Nicki Minaj); and

    3.) As for the question “will folks get tired of her in-your-face stance and cast her aside like all of the other women who don’t seem to seek their approval?” Well, the answer is—when ‘The Media’ says so. And they will say so once the useful life of the artist is used up…in whatever form or fashion it ends up happening.

    Hey, this young lady is beautiful and has definitely got the talent but what is her music – the lyrical content – really about? At the end of the day, does it uplift or dumb down? Ponder that.

    BONUS BEAT: Don’t let the Mickey Mouse gear mislead you…Walt Disney was a pedophile – yes, you would have never guessed – and Disney is a racist/pedophilic institution…this will get you started (http://www.lenonhonorfilms.com/EarlyworksPart1.html)….I’m done.

  • http://gravatar.com/worshipandpraise JN

    Exactly! how you doin Lady!

  • comment

    Why are “certain” black women hating on azealia banks so hard? I have two theories:

    a) You are following behind what “certain” black men have been saying about her, because you’re not yet capable of thinking for yourself

    b) She is a dark skinned black woman who you have been conditioned to believe has no right to speak up for herself. you believe she is portraying the stereotype of an “angry black woman,” only she’s not. she’s what you call a person who stands up for herself instead of kowtowing to public opinion (as many of you do daily). you should try it sometime

    she is talented. have you heard her sing and rap? I heard a few people say she hasn’t released any music. hello? have you heard of fantasea? it’s a hit and freely available

    she is ballsy. I love it because most people are used to “riding” celebs and joining “teams” that they can’t even fight for what is right.

    she is a black sister who doesn’t feel the need to apologize or compromise to fit into white culture as the beyonces rihannas and kanyes of the world do

    that said, I have 1 major issue with the sister, and that is her obsession with dark things, like witchery. other than that, I like her and I think she has every right to express her opinions and gripes.

  • http://NA DJkK Hollywood

    <<<——- Awh, what's wrong everybody??? Why so sensitive??? Forget what you all say, I SO dig A. Banks. She is mad talented. The girl has a sick flow and if the stuff you have heard from her (212, Jumanji) sounds out of your league taste wise, then listen to her track "L8r". Not only can she flow, but her voice is gold. She is multitalented. Who cares if she is beefed out with Nicki, Kim, T.I and Jim Jones, last time I checked neither one of them was a record executive, nor do they have the power to call shots outside of their own party, so who cares. Funny how this is the type of controversy 50 Cent started which boosted his career, but did we take shots at his frame??? Sexism maybe??? She is a true artist. Every real artist that I know started some type of controversy (Prince, Madonna, M.J, Kanye…). She is intelligent, witty, and f*#%king talented. Damn, give her a chance!!! I don't understand how we can be so hypercritical over A. Banks, but we let maniacs like Chris Brown and crew get chance after chance. Being a female artist on your own is most def hard. Good thing she is not just catering to the Black fan base, because we sure are passive to those who fit our "standards", hypercritical to those who don't and sensitive to shyt we don't understand. Have a grand day suckaz.

  • Patience

    I agree. There aren’t many musicians in Hip Hop/Rap or even R&B.

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