Azealia Banks Records for Beyoncé’s Album

Azealia Banks and Beyoncé

While Beyoncé’s new album doesn’t have a release date, let alone a title, more and more details are starting to emerge. In addition to Miguel and Justin Timberlake, the pop superstar has called upon Azealia Banks for a potential record.

During an interview with Shar Reid for ASOS, the “212” rapper confirmed that she recently hit the studio to record for Bey’s upcoming album. “I actually did something for her record in Miami a couple weeks ago,” she revealed. “I really didn’t want to say it because I didn’t want to jinx it ’cause you know how that shit goes.”

She’s unsure if the song will make the cut, but either way, she was thrilled for the opportunity. “Oh my God. Even the fact that I was considered to rap on a Beyoncé track was just… I’m about to cry. It was amazing.”

Beyoncé has been working with Pharrell, Timbaland, and The-Dream on the follow-up to 4, which will be rooted in R&B. “We all started in the ’90s, when R&B was the most important genre, and we all kind of want that back: the feeling that music gave us,” she told GQ.

Banks has expressed her love for Bey in the past. “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.”

As far as her own music goes, she has been in the studio working on her Interscope Records debut Broke With Expensive Taste. “I love Crystal Waters. On my upcoming record, you’ll hear a lot of Crystal Waters’ influence,” said the Harlem native, whose video for “1991″ was inspired by the ’90s dance star.

The first single will be “Miss Amor” and she expects to finish recording this month.

In addition, she has collaborated with Lady Gaga on a couple tracks (“Ratchet” and “Red Flame”), but she’s unsure where those will end up. “When you do songs for someone else’s record, it’s their record and it’s up to her to do whatever she wants with it.”



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73 Comments

  1. coco

    well, at least azealia’s doing something instead of twitter thuggin’.

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  2. Vitty

    eww beyonce gotta do better

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  3. kwayzee

    Nicki is coming. I’m sure she didn’t bypass Onika. She wanted both. Kanye put that word in ;)

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    Ummmm Reply:

    @kwayzee,
    LMAO sorry hun.. Beyonce wanted Azealia AND Missy.. no more room for Nicki.. is an album about talent.. not GIMMICKS!

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    welp Reply:

    @Ummmm,

    You have to be seriously and willfully ignorant to deny that Nicki Minaj has talent.

    People are multifaceted. Or I guess we can just conclude definitively that you are a hateful person altogether through and through based on this snapshot of your character.

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    Ummmm Reply:

    @welp,
    Nicki has a great legal team! maybe even a talented business woman! Is she an amazing rapper? No. Is she a good singer? GOD NO! Is she over rated? YES. You’d be ignorant or blind yourself to not be able to admit that!

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    QUEEN AZEALIA BANKS IS THE GREATEST FEMALE RAPPER EVER, AND YA'LL N- WITH BAD TASTE WILL DEAL Reply:

    @Ummmm, drag sis drag em clown barbies

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    Andy Reply:

    @Ummmm, Can you give me a interview, video, tweet where Beyoncé stats that Azelia is going to be in the album??? Still looking, huh?

    I guess is pure bullsh!t of Azelia, as always.

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    BeyStan Reply:

    @kwayzee, she did and Kanye only worked with nicki because of Amber so have a sit nicki been out since 2010 and Banks 2012 ummm looks like Bey did miss her ass hahaha Bey only works with real bitches

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    Bougie Kid Reply:

    @BeyStan, But Dance A$$ Remix was on Bey’s playlist and wasn’t she jamming to Beez In The Trap at the BET Awards? Case closed! :)

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    LMAO Reply:

    @Bougie Kid,
    Beyonce is a big of a fan of Nicki as Nicki is a fan of female rappers. You get what I mean?
    Nicki says she loves a couple female rappers.. but never puts them on any of her work is all talk.
    Beyonce may have jammd to Beez On The Trap and may like Big Seans A$$ song but she aint puttng Nicki on any of her work.
    Get it?

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  4. Swag_2013

    Whatever, in a year nobody is gonna hear about Banks. She is so whack. She’s not even hot and she can’t even hold her own in her beef with Angel Haze. Nicki Minaj is taking over 2013!!!

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    LMFAO Reply:

    @Swag_2013,
    Taking over Kmart.. you mean! LMAO

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    channelOrange Reply:

    @LMFAO, Still getting money

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    LMFAO Reply:

    @channelOrange,
    Honey the 3 dollars she will get from the ratchet girls and you fags wont even make a dent. Lets be real!

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    Andy Reply:

    @LMFAO, Hahaha just wait darling ;)

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  5. FAIL

    Azealia Banks on Beyonce album will be a FAIL! and now Ms. Banks leaked this info out Beyonce is gonna sue her ass and snatch that song from the album anyway….LOL! So I guess we are good lol

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  6. @iJustoriginate

    I hope she didn’t make the cut. And yes, it’s because Nicki hasn’t worked with Bey yet

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    Yall mad Reply:

    @@iJustoriginate,
    GOT DANG.. You nicki fans is reaaaaaaal pressed huh!

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    @iJustOrigiNate Reply:

    @Yall mad, Pressed?? I don’t call it that. I just think it’s not the best choice. That is all

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    QUEEN AZEALIA BANKS IS THE GREATEST FEMALE RAPPER EVER, AND YA'LL N- WITH BAD TASTE WILL DEAL Reply:

    @@iJustOrigiNate, Beyonce didn’t do a track with Nicki when she was still doing real hip hp and was actually respected. What made u think she’s gon do it now?

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    LMFAO Reply:

    @@iJustOrigiNate,
    Its Beyonce boo… believe me.. even when she flops .. she slays.
    Point is 75% of Nickis features are just to sell… and King Bey doesnt need Nicki to sell

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  7. truth

    i hope its on the album!!

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  8. Cali

    She taking Nicki’s spot!

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    Be Reasonable Reply:

    @Cali,

    Not at all. She’s hustling, but she’s not on that level.

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  9. Realistically

    *Sigh. For those of you who don’t want to sit through an hour of this crap, she addresses Beyonce starting at the 46:56 mark. (Thanks for the heads-up, Rap-Up).

    Anyway, she should have kept her mouth shut. ‘Cause it’s really gonna be egg on her face if the song is not used.

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  10. Teegirl

    YEAAA.. AB, homegirl seize the moments!! I hope Azealia’s features in these songs will catapult her faster to the top. She is a superb music artist with crazy raw talent.

    And yes I will be buying that album, Broke with Expensive Taste, anticipating it. Big fan from ATL ..

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  11. Swag_2013

    Banks is so whack. She can’t even rap better than Angel Haze in her beef. Nicki Minaj is way better. it’s gonna be her year in 2013!

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  12. Mariah2013

    oh sheet!! Mimi’s gunna have competition, ive a feeling Beys gunna go INN with this album :D

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  13. QUEEN MINAJ

    BITCH
    I WANTED TO COLLAB WITH BEYONCE :’(

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  14. rihluv

    Crazy Come up!…90sRocked…This new era is gonna be amazing for music…2013 in general…Bey, Jay, Azealia, Lil Kim (hopefully)…Missy, Justin Timberlake, CRAZY!!

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  15. Amor

    YESSS AZEALIA!
    She worked with Missy, Gaga, KanYe and now Beyoncé?

    Azealia Banks is about to be a major problem!
    Bye StickI Garbaj

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    QUEEN MINAJ Reply:

    @Amor, nicki worked with kanye twice sit down

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    Nicky Nanov Reply:

    @QUEEN MINAJ Yes,it’s true,but this doesn’t mean nothing!And Nicki appers on Kanye’s “Runaway”,but her fucking awful british accent isn’t credited on the track!

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    channelOrange Reply:

    @Amor, All Nicki got to do is hit up the Queen Madonna again

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    K.I.N.G Reply:

    @channelOrange, beyonce is actually talented tho

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    QUEEN AZEALIA BANKS IS THE GREATEST FEMALE RAPPER EVER, AND YA'LL N- WITH BAD TASTE WILL DEAL Reply:

    @channelOrange, b!tch that song flopped harder than any Fartfriday singles. LOOOOL

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  16. TILDA

    Off all the people Azealia Banks, really why!!!!!!??

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    Luxury Reply:

    @TILDA, “Oh Me, Oh My, illumina princess, Pyramids 1 eye on my assets” – AB

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    Amor Reply:

    @TILDA, U mad! Hahahaha
    Garbaj never doing it.

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  17. Abz

    This must be a dream come true! My two beautiful and talented woman on the same record *faints*

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  18. Tasha32

    YES……..just more speculation of a duet between these two along w/Gaga. Azealia’s face LIT UP like a flashlight when the girl asked her about working with Beyonce, Azealia almost gave up the deets hahaha but caught herself

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  19. #BEENTRILL

    LMAO. NICKI WAS DYING TO RECORD WITH BEY, CLEARLY BEY ABOUT REAL TALENT!

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  20. Luxury

    Her hair is LAID for the GAWDS bitch ! For once lol

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  21. kurtis_Shane

    Well deserved, she is super talent and is Beyonce wants authentic this is the best choice. Azealia has met Jay z, Worked closes with Kanye(who also keeps her close this interview) So chances Beyonce will accept ft.

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  22. kate

    yeeeeeeees my girls

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  23. luxury witch

    Nicki will collab with anyone, for get its not about the artistry its about the money. Lmfao stay pressed Nicki stans, Azealia coming for her wig.

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    Andy Reply:

    @luxury witch, pressed? no, you seem pressed. I’m tired of this b*tches repeating the same sh!t over and over again. Nicki is still waiting for someone that give her real competition.

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  24. Oh

    Yall acting like her collabing with Beyonce is gonna solidify her spot in the game….Look at Video Phone it FLOPPED! Telephoen FLOPPED! That doesnt mean a damn thing. If Azealia Banks is gonna make it… shes gonna make it… You cant knock someone else down just because they haven’t collaborated with someone….. And tons of people collab with Nicki so I’m sure Nicki doesn’t care about a Beyonce, Missy , or Gaga feature.

    The only reason they’re ALL collaborating with Banks is because of NICKI…. Just think about it.

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    BeyStan Reply:

    @Oh, lol shut up Kim is the reason why nicki hot and Banks got a collab because of nicki lol noooo its because she is hot and knows what she is doing

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    Andy Reply:

    @BeyStan, AB may have lied so don’t be so hopeful.

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    Nick Reply:

    @Oh, Since when did Telephone flop????

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  25. BeyStan

    Kim and Missy has worked with Bey and now Banks yessssss Im hoping Kim & Bey will do another song together and if you say they didnt ummm Kim was on Bey remix and I think Kim is working with her for the new album and to yall people who said bey gone not put it out because Banks ran her month lol yall dont what deal her and Bey made and what they said and Nicki fans get off this post nicki is a bitch and nicki dissed Mariah and Bey lovesssssssss MC and she dont like that bs shit soooo yall can just have a damn sit and Kanye and nicki only did a song because of Amber ok soooo have a sit

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  26. WOW!

    A Banks needs to take a seat and why the fuck is Bey working with her…but now what she has leaked this information Bey will make sure her ass in not on the album…so she just fucked it up for herself….LOL

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  27. TrinaFan

    When is this bitch gonna disappear. She’s a ghetto ass bitch! Beyonce, Lady G, I expect better from you two!

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  28. RyanS

    I’m a fan of Nicki and Azealia. I can’t wait for the Banks and Bey song! Just because Azealia is on the album doesn’t mean there’s no room for Nicki. Banks and Bey are both hopefully bringing albums out soon, maybe that’s why Beyoncè has decided to go with Azealia. Maybe Nicki would make the deluxe version as by that time she will be bring album 3 out. Hopefully Beyoncè picks both!

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  29. MMmHmm

    LMAO!!!!!!!!!! A WIN FOR AZEALIA! AND ONIKIA THE “QUEEN” WANTED TO DO A SONG WITH BEY…..BYE! AINT NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT CLOWN!

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    Andy Reply:

    @MMmHmm, LOL, how you know Nicki is not gonna be in Bey’s album? Just see Alicia Keys, no one expected that collaboration!

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    Nicky Nanov Reply:

    @MMmHmm AND ONIKIA THE “QUEEN” WANTED TO DO A SONG WITH BEY Nicki already remixed Beyonce’s Sweet Dreams and Single Ladies!

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  30. Girl Bye

    Why don’t beyonce ever want to work with Brandy?

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  31. QUEEN AZEALIA BANKS IS THE GREATEST FEMALE RAPPER EVER, AND YA'LL N- WITH BAD TASTE WILL DEAL

    1. LOL @ Clownbarbz posting on this thread acting all silly and pressed.

    2. ET Minaj will NOT be on Beyonce’s album. DEAL

    3. A Banks be doing some high profile collabo even before she release her first album while ET collaborated with everyone and they mommas before she took off.

    4. The hype for Queen Banks is real. Talent is there.

    5. Queen Banks will snatch Clowny Minaj’s wig.

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  32. Jay

    Oh wow!!! What an honor!!! That’s so awesome for her to even be in the running to make music with Beyonce!!! Heck! I would cry too. Ha! :)

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  33. DD

    I’m just trying to process how this post is about Azealia but the comment section is all about Nicki… You’re making yourself look very silly and threatened by even taking this opportunity to slander Nicki. So…

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    Bizunes Prounld Foboze Changed 2013 Reply:

    @DD, Heck yeah you damn Right about that

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  34. Bizunes Prounld Foboze Changed 2013

    nice interview

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  35. Sassyandclassy

    Ughhhhhhh no the fuck she didn’t use Azealia that’s so not promising

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  36. youbmad

    ehh..im all for new femcee ,but shes nt good. I really tried ,but her rap skills arent there.. ill even take nicki and i cant stand her ,but atleast she can rhyme.

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  37. BEDSTUYFLY

    NOW THAT’S WINNING!

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  38. dumbo

    she just seems to be a name dropper… Because she needs the recogo. She’s awful and just looks so damn nasty! Ew

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  39. dumbo

    she just seems to be a name dropper… Because she needs the recogo.

    Girl fix yo’ chomppers…

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  40. jupiter queen

    nicki minaj stans care a bit too much..
    this post is about azealia last time i checked.azealia is very much indeed talented. people want to talk shit and judge so quickly without giving her music a try. nicki isnt the only female rapper…deal with it.

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  41. Nicky Nanov

    Yes!My favorite rapper + one of my favorite singers and the most talanted people ever in one song = Mega awesome!

    But seriously,why does every female rapper get compared to Nicki?Even rappers that came before Nicki are getting comaped to her!

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  42. Nicky Nanov

    Azealia’s whole career buries Titty Minaj!

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