Anorak | Azealia Banks: Once Promising, Now Dead In The Water

Azealia Banks: Once Promising, Now Dead In The Water

by | 3rd, January 2014


WHEN 212 crash landed, Azealia Banks looked for all the world like she was going to be the most famous human on the planet. She had it all a quick tongue, a great look and a tune so huge that the rest of hip hop was going to have to keep tabs on her. And then we waited. And waited some more.

2011 was the time she set the world alight and since then, she’s done nothing. Sure, there have been releases, but they’ve been stodgy, sub-par affairs, blighted by Banks’ insistence on maintaining eye-contact with everyone through the medium of thoroughly pointless beefs.

Usually, beefs kick off between people who are both on the rise. Initially, Azealia was worth listening to, disses included. However, soon enough, she became little more than an internet troll with one decent single behind her and an ever-delayed LP before her. Naturally, beefs usually crop up when someone has something to promote, but in Banks’ case, she’s just angrily shouting at the night sky and hoping people will maintain enough interest until her album comes out.

Alas, the product doesn’t cover the annoyance. Azealia’s beefs feature Angel Haze (resulting in some beef records, which Haze won hands down, thanks to being a superior artist), Perez Hilton (who Banks called “a messy faggot”), the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD, calling the organisation was “fucking complete bullshit”), a feud with producers Baauer and Diplo (Banks calling Baauer to “drown in faggotry”), as well as spats with T.I., Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, The Stone Roses, Iggy Azalea, Kreayshawn, A$AP Rocky, Rita Ora, Shystie, Sam Sparro, Jim Jones, Lil’

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