Azealia Banks: ‘I’m Very Inspired by Beyoncé’

Azealia Banks and Beyoncé

Azealia Banks doesn’t look up to many of her peers in the industry, but there’s one artist she has a soft spot for—Beyoncé. The “212” rapper reveals her admiration for the “Single Ladies” superstar.

“I definitely think career-wise and personally, I’m very, very inspired by Beyoncé,” she told Beats TV. “She’s so well-mannered and so classy and so well-poised. It’s important to have those kinds of skills.”

Banks’ Interscope Records debut Broke With Expensive Taste is due early next year. “The vision and vibe that I have for Broke With Expensive Taste is for it to be just as stylish and authentic as anything that I do,” she said. “There isn’t really a genre that I’m trying to go for or a specific vibe that I’m trying to go for. I’m going for authenticity.”

Fresh off the release of her “Atlantis” video, she also shared advice for her fellow female rappers. “Don’t spend your money on things you can’t afford. That money doesn’t last forever,” she warned.

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30 Comments

  1. Alessandro

    She likes Beyonce because shes everything tat shes not, not to mention they’re the exact opposite of each other.

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    Hones.T. Reply:

    @Alessandro, lets be honest here….nobody knows who Beyonce is other than those extremely close to her. B only let’s us know what she wants to know & it’s been like that since the beginning.

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    Sonja Reply:

    @Hones.T., Beys fanbase is too large to even collab with somebody as immature as Azealia. The chick run her mouth too much.

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    QUEEN AZEALIA BANKS IS LEGIT AND IS READY FOR THE THRONE. ET MINAJ IS A ONE TRICK PONY THAT KEEPS ON RELEASING GAY POP TUNES Reply:

    @Sonja, Sorry to burst your bubble but Azealia already met Beyonce, and Azealia will rule 2013 mark my words.

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    tryme Reply:

    @QUEEN AZEALIA BANKS IS LEGIT AND IS READY FOR THE THRONE. ET MINAJ IS A ONE TRICK PONY THAT KEEPS ON RELEASING GAY POP TUNES,

    lmfao this bitch said nicki has gay pop songs….clearly u dont know ur fav then caus all she does is vogue & cunt music “fierce” “212″ bitch get it together!

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  2. Lmaogirlbye

    Not to mention beysus is better rapper nd she don’t even rap
    And boo nicki been the 1st female rapper on Forbes get ur money up

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    Superiority Reply:

    @Lmaogirlbye, that joke!

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  3. BABY T

    Who isn’t inspired by Beyonce? She’s the queen! Now I like Azealia Banks even more :-)

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  4. Morgan

    Of course, because Beyonce is the total package. She’s a great entertainer .. people are inspired by those with legacy and longevity in the music industry.

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  5. XOXO

    WE GET IT, AZEALIA. YOU REALLY, REALLY LIKE BEYONCE. NOW SHUT UP, SHE’S NOT GONNA WORK WITH YOU. NICKI TRIED THIS 2 YEARS AGO AND FAILED. BYE.

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    kurtis_Shane Reply:

    @XOXO, Don’t speak so fast, Kanye and Lady Gaga already collab with Azealia. Not to mention Kanye and Gaga are good friends with Beyonce I wouldn’t be surprised if a track with them both appeared out of the wood works mid 2013. ;)

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    Leduce Reply:

    @XOXO, OK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Bey is staying neutral. She aint fu’kn when none of them messy rap b**tches but MISSY! There’s a few female rappers she worked with in the past and that was Missy and Lil Kim. Google has the answers.

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  6. Hate Nicki

    Azealia is way more interesting than Beyonce. Especially the videos.

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    QUEEN AZEALIA BANKS IS LEGIT AND IS READY FOR THE THRONE. ET MINAJ IS A ONE TRICK PONY THAT KEEPS ON RELEASING GAY POP TUNES Reply:

    @Hate Nicki, true tea

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  7. monica

    When will people start giving Ashanti Credit LIKE REALLY COME ON

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    HeavyHeavy Reply:

    @monica, lmaoooo

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    Drew Reply:

    @monica, DEAD.

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    M$$ Reply:

    @monica, OMG LMFAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO F A I L! I CAN’TTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT!

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    QUEEN AZEALIA BANKS IS LEGIT AND IS READY FOR THE THRONE. ET MINAJ IS A ONE TRICK PONY THAT KEEPS ON RELEASING GAY POP TUNES Reply:

    @monica, maybe Nicki would since she done did tracks with Ciara & Cassie. ;)

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  8. Audrey Hepburn

    It makes sense now. The idea to wear tacky weaves had to come from somewhere. :)

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    abz Reply:

    @Audrey Hepburn, loooooooool, oh my

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    Um Reply:

    @Audrey Hepburn, kindly remove that classy, elegant and iconic name/photo from your ratchet ass rap-up account. Kisses.

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    Audrey Hepburn Reply:

    @Um, Thanks for your comment. :) XOXOXO

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  9. Ronaldo

    I knew she was smart. put it out there now have Jay Sign you and work with beyonce..I seen you getting close with Solange…SHe wants that and I see her getting it too.. it will take time for people to notice her more and more, she already has a big fanbase…I have a feeling this is the next best thing

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  10. Auntie3times

    Auntie 4real 4real Ladies, “Get Your Life” as Tamar exclaims. lol lol… My niece is doing her thing. As she says, “What have you accomplished today.” Just wait until her acting debut. Keep doing your work Sweet Niece.

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  11. immabreakyourneckbitch!!!!

    she really wants that feat!!!! lol
    love her.

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  12. #It'sRihannaBitches!

    @#It’sRihannaBitches!,I don’t know why ppl insist to give Beyonce so much credit/power! We all know ppl always she they’re inspired by Beyonce to receive more recognition just like when Rihanna first started when she said Beyonce is her idol but that seems to be untrue because just recently in the facebook interview, Rihanna said that she’s has always been inspired or idolised Madonna which evident throughout her artistry to the point raised the question or made the statement that she the ‘Black Madonna’!

    Don’t get me wrong, Beyonce has paved the way for many artist today including Rihanna but to go as far as to say that Azelia is inspired by Beyonce as a rapper, i’m definitely not buying that! Beyonce is more of a performer/trendsetter artistically than a Fashion Icon! Rihanna is more a Fashionista than performer artistically even though RiRi can perform her butt off at times!

    This is why ppl deviated from Beyonce in the first place because it appears that she runs on a platform of perfection & no one loves a perfectionist! That’s why so many ppl love RiRi because so many things has happened to her to the point we can relate or acknowledge her flaws!

    I know you maybe thinking why the hell he comparing Rihanna & Beyonce under a Azelia & Beyonce post, i was making a point clearly!!

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    BeyToTheWorld4Eva!! Reply:

    @#It’sRihannaBitches!, Umm, yh, i am wonderin y u comparin Bey To Rhi Rhi, Not onlii because this is a azaela and Bey post, but also because there’s hardly any comparison…Rihanna is GREAT bbut she’s not any where on par with be. And I dont kno if u dislike Bey or what, but Ure making it sound like u want Bey fans to become Rhi’s fans..We love Rhi 2, but we just love Bey more. Rihanna didnt lie about being inspired by Bey, she talks about it all time; ppl can be inspired by a number of ppl not just one..And ppl can also relate to Bey ; she’s not all that private AND WE DO ACKNOWLEDGE HER FLAWS; NOBODY’S PERFECT. Because Bey doesnt rap doesnt mean that azaela cant be inspired by her, she can find inspiration from any where on Bey, she’s stylish And the definition of CLASS. Nd that’s the reason why so many ppl say that she isnt like everyone and they dont like her, she’s too classy and different for them. But I Love Rhi Rhi too so #NoHate.
    Thankyou :)

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  13. polo

    dis shit iz sum illumnati azz shit da thingz people do i rubuke you in da name of jesus

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  14. tuedsyo Boomz

    She is inspired by a lot of people be side beyonce knowles-carter

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