Azealia Banks Released From Record Deal

Azealia Banks

It’s independence day for Azealia Banks. The “212″ rapper has been granted a release from her record label.

“IM ABOUT TO GET OUT OF MY DEAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THATS THE BIG SURPRISE!!!!!” an excited Banks told fans on Thursday.

“I’m feeling like miss celie at the end of color purple,” she added. “Free at last.”

Banks announced her signing to Universal Music in 2012. Her debut album Broke With Expensive Taste was never released, but it did spawn the singles “Yung Rapunxel” and the Pharrell-assisted “ATM Jam.”

In January, she took to Twitter to plead for a release from her label. “I’m literally begging to be dropped from Universal,” she tweeted. “Universal needs to just hand me over to another label who knows what to do with me.”

A dire Banks expressed her frustrations. “I’m tired of having to consult a group of old white guys about my black girl craft. they don’t even know what they’re listening for or to,” she said. “Can someone at Sony buy me off of Universal please?? i’m really in hell here.”

Her fans celebrated the good news. “THAT MEANS WE ARE FINALLY GONNA GET NEW MOTHERFUCKING MUSIC!!” tweeted one supporter.

Prior to Universal, she was signed to U.K. imprint XL Recordings under the name Miss Bank$.

She is already working on new music. In June, she teased photos from the set of her “Wallace” music video.



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78 Comments

  1. ...

    I don’t feel any sympathy for her. You wanted to be on a major, you take on the negatives that come with being on a major. She never made sense being on a major, given her non-commercial sound and “interesting” image, but that bad decision is on her, not anybody else. You took the money, you pay the price.

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    DRB Reply:

    @…, Ding.

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    Oh Reply:

    @…, SHE WANTED to be released i’m sure another major label WILL Pick QUEEN Azealia UP real quick… she may be mouthy but the bitch has potential !!

    FEMALE RAP IS FINNA BE SO LIT THIS YEAR!!!

    Broke With Expensive Taste is gonna SLAY the Floprint

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    DC3BKM Reply:

    @Oh, Your delusion amuses me.

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    muthafucka Reply:

    @DC3BKM, “SHE WANTED to be released” lol that is the best line yet. Every artist who gets dropped says that.

    She got dropped cuz her music flopped.

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    Oh Reply:

    @DC3BKM, Bitch do ur homework. Azealia clearly has talent , how u think she STILL getting booked from a MIXTAPE from 2 YEARS AGO at BIG Festivals overseas,

    Azealia WANTED to be dropped she literally said so herself

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    DC3BKM Reply:

    @Oh, awww u mad, boo? I meant your delusion about her album slaying the Pink Print. Azealia is mad talented but she has yet to have song chart on Billboard or a huge fan base that will support her. There in lies your delusion.

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    Ian Reply:

    @DC3BKM, cause you definitely need to have talent to have “hits” these days. -_-

    DC3BKM Reply:

    @Ian, Iggy is living proof that you don’t.

    Oh Reply:

    @DC3BKM, bitch bye cuz Azealia had Gaga and BEYONCE WANTING to collab with her… unlike Nicki who has to collab with FLOP ASS bitches, she’ll never get a feature from Gaga or Bey

    KEN. Reply:

    Well she got a collaboration from 2 LEGENDS. Mariah and Madonna ( Twice)

    What other artist ALIVE is bigger than them both.

    Oh Reply:

    @KEN, AND BOTH OF them FLOPPED LMAOOOOOOO

    DC3BKM Reply:

    @DC3BKM, Nicki has collaborated with so many legends, you twit. You’re so pressed it’s really funny now. Poor baby

    KEN. Reply:

    @DC3BKM,

    I don’t get what’s so funny ?

    Both of the collaboration charted.

    The Madonna collaboration with M.I.A peaked at #10 on the Hot 100, her second collaboration with her wasn’t a single.

    The Mariah collaboration wasn’t even promoted.

    Come up with something new babe

    Andy Reply:

    I always have you on my prayers :)

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    debo Reply:

    @Oh, You stay on nicki minaj’s dick huh? You are a bigger fan than i thought…None of nicki’s fan brought her up in this post,but you did lol.you bum bitchs need help.

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    Andy Reply:

    THIS IS GOOD NEWS. I really laughed! I’m so happy for it :)

    Goodbye Azealia Nobody-With-Good-Taste-In-Music-Cares Banks!

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    Mandela Barb Reply:

    @…, I wish Azealia the best, she’s undeniably good. I just hope that this ends up being as good as she’s making it out to be.

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  2. Sukkksubi

    She made 6 mil with one and only mixtape, so shut up your fugly mouths please

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    muthafucka Reply:

    @Sukkksubi, says you.

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    Sukkksubi Reply:

    @muthafucka, says Forbes and AB

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    Now what now? Reply:

    @Sukkksubi, So how much of that did she break you off? FOH Her winning is not YOU winning.

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  3. Amanda

    YAASSS KWEEN!
    Bow down haters! Azealia made 6 milions of a mixtape,she doesn’t need a label!
    Her songs are different from all the generic shit that we listen every fucking day on the radio! SLAY KWEEN!

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    Andy Reply:

    6 millions? If that would be true her label would never get rid of her. Anyway, how you measure that if mixtapes are free? Don’t you mean “downloaded”? But where’s the proof though?

    Her songs are far from being different. Her production is always the same house/tecno/electro GENERIC beat. And her monotone, repetitive rapping is far from being groundbreaking.

    Thanks for that EP Azealia, but everything else is a big yawn.

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    Oh Reply:

    @Andy, Shes more talented than Nicki wack ass..

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    Now what now? Reply:

    @Oh, Both are wack and nasty, albeit in different ways.

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    Mandela Barb Reply:

    @Now what now?, Next time you comment with that bullshit, you’re getting scalped.

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    Sukkksubi Reply:

    @Andy, Yeah, was free, but she made 6 mil with the festivals/events singing songs from fantasea and her EP so yeah she made mothafukin millions because her music, oh and count that 212 is on some movies tracklist

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  4. Amanda

    YAAASS!
    She is so hot as an artist.Her songs are different and she made 6 milion of a mixtape! SO BOW DOWN HATERS!!!

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  5. tripper882

    thank god she is terrible I hate that black n white video shes in, she makes bad music…

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  6. AJK

    who would want to sign her though? Commercially, people only checked for “212″. No one cared about other singles and tbf many producers have blacklisted her.

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  7. Bowtobey

    I think people are forgetting the fact that she wanted to her dropped of her label. She know must feel free and I hope her fans get new music.

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    JustCoastWitHa Reply:

    @Bowtobey, #Facts

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    Andy Reply:

    @JustCoastWitHa, #stupid-thinking

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  8. mumi

    LoL she gets anything she wants with being rude as fuck. And I bet she can even keep their money. Retards.

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  9. KEN

    Very bittersweet but YAASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS QUEEN,NEW MUSIC.

    Ugh I really hope she finds huge success as an indie artist, 212 was a big hit in Europe and she was an indie artist then so anything is possible.

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    Andy Reply:

    @KEN, I doubt it, she has attacked too many artists with big fanbases.

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    KEN. Reply:

    @Andy,

    What big artist lol?

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  10. KEN

    She should get signed to Cash Money/Young Money

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    Raven-Symone Reply:

    @KEN, I hope you’re joking

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    KEN. Reply:

    @Raven-Symone,

    well I’m not.

    The girl clearly wants to have some sort of freedom and what other major label provides that?

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    rihrocnation Reply:

    @KEN, stfu that label has no talent

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    Oh Reply:

    @KEN, LMAOOO Why so she can show them what real talent is?

    I Know Nicki is somewhere crying because THESE New Age rap girls is TAKN THE SPOTLIGHT…

    She BEGGED for competition AND She Got It, and she cant handle it!!! Iggy,Remy, and Azealia finna RUN THIS SHIT the right way

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    Deejay Reply:

    @Oh, Lmao. These Nicki haters have been talking about what other female rappers are “finna” do for years now. And still nothing has happened. Still when you google queen of hip hop Nickis name pops up. Still no one has been able to fade nicki. So please give me an exact date when these other female rappers are “finna” take over.lol Waiting patiently.

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    OrIAmTheTruth Reply:

    @Deejay, Yass bitch yass!!!! These motherfuckers are delusional talking about 6 million… You haters are Forbes now???? You her personal banker? No so pls stop it!!!! Only one female rapper we can count as competition is Iggy Azalea and that’s saying A LOT! The bitch is fake as fuck and Charlie XcX had the best part of that song so haters have several seats !!! Thank you!

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    Andy Reply:

    Whichever label or whoever that takes her is a straight idiot.

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  11. Santi

    MY GOD! I’M VERY HAPPY FOR HER. WAITING NEW MUSIC… AND I LOOOOVE LUXURY AND 1991 TOO

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  12. Marii

    Ya’ll do realize she makes more money than us all right?

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    JustCoastWitHa Reply:

    @Marii, Precisely

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    Yodlaz Dex suriy Reply:

    @Marii, so what

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    Andy Reply:

    No, she no longer makes more money than anyone up middle class.

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    Now what now? Reply:

    @Marii, You must be in the depths of poverty, or just obsessed with capitalism, to think that her “wealth” negates the relevance of other people’s opinions. And please don’t assume every one on rap-up makes as little as you do.

    So, someone who is richer than you is basically more valuable than you? Oh. It’s enabling people like you who reinforce some rich people’s ideas that they’re better/more entitled and that poor people should stfu and accept “it is what it is.”

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  13. milio

    Im just happy for new music. Happy for her i know this is one of the best steps in her career. The takeover has begun starting today mark my words she is bout to kill it…. Amen

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  14. I'm a Bad Bish I'm a Kunt

    Cool! I’ve been waiting for new AB music!
    I do see her as an indie artist, but I hope she can be business savvy enough to sail her own ship, and stop BEEFING with folks! She’s too talented to be fueding with people she can be creating & getting money with. She clearly hasn’t been trained in that area yet, or maybe she just doesn’t care?

    Anyway, I may need to see the carfax on Azealia Banks being worth over 6million dollars before I believe it. Lol. No hate…I’m rooting for you bae!

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    I'm a Bad Bish I'm a Kunt Reply:

    @I’m a Bad Bish I’m a Kunt,* feuding

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  15. Quest

    Her attitude is so fucked up, a lot of people won’t even illegally download her music.

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  16. Yodlaz Dex suriy

    She still gonna have a bad mouth and be rudely no matter what.

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  17. Deejay

    “Hand me over to a label who knows what to do with me”.
    -____________- Yeah because you’re such a complex artist who needs special marketing. Gurl bye!! It’s not the labels fault. They invested money into your wack ass videos just like any other label would do and you just didn’t pop. Take the L and go apply at KFC or McDonalds or something. I’m sure they will know what to do with you. FOH

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    Oh Reply:

    @Deejay, the fact that Nicki had to change her gimmicks up every year just to stay relevant LMAAOO Now The Black Hannah Montana is Ms.Authentic lmfaoooooo

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    Eli Reply:

    @Oh, Wait. Who said anything about Nicki? Lmaooo, you’re an idiot.

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    Deejay Reply:

    @Oh, Gurl nobody even mentioned Nicki. We’re talking about Afailure Banks and her future working in the fast-food industry.
    Now if you really wanna discuss Nicki, let’s go.
    Should we start by talking about how she is comfortably signed to her label(not dropped like Afailure)??
    Or should we talk about how she’s had multiple successful albums(while Afailure hasn’t even released 1 album)??
    Take your pic.

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    Oh Reply:

    @Deejay, Dont matter, Azealia 1 MIXTAPE has more ACCLAIM and longevity than and of Nicki’s Flop Friday’s

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    Deejay Reply:

    @Oh, Lmao girl you’re so delusional.
    I hope she can put that imaginary “Acclaim” on her resume when she applies at Taco Bell.
    “Oh I don’t have any legit accomplishments. But I have plenty of acclaim.”lol FOH

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  18. TRP

    There is no denying that Azealia has the buzz and the following to have her album out already, the singles after “212″ were never probably promoted.

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  19. muzikxxx

    Fast forward to months from now when she can’t pay her bills and she is on twitter begging to be signed to a major label again.

    Doesn’t look like Sony was jumping at the chance to buy her like she was hoping. #oop!

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  20. BEDSTUYFLY

    GOOD 4 HER. SHE’S SUCH A DOPE ARTIST, I WISH HER WELL.

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  21. Myah

    Azealia was playing a big festival in Norway last week. She landed in Oslo, but when she heard it was a 4 hr car ride to the festival, she left Norway without performing. This is the fourth consecutive time she cancels a show in Norway. What a class act

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  22. Dude

    Gonna laugh when she gets signed to another label and all the know-it-alls in here who think they have in side info on how labels and deals work are in shock

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  23. The Shaded Truth

    She may never make it but I hope she does. She dissed Kim way to early as well as other male and female artist.

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  24. Now what now?

    What a shock…….

    (>_>)It being a “surprise” to her meant she was DROPPED, not “released” – which is a gentler, more favorable term, as though it was her choice (even if it had been her desire).

    I don’t even hate the woman, but whenever I read something about her it was always bad, so I kept wondering when it would happen. Even if she is talented, she’s obviously not smart enough, business-wise, to know that you don’t act like a diva and a bully until AFTER you gain power and influence through record/concert sales, etc. She clearly played herself, because she had a chance that countless other, talented people will never have, and she completely blew it. I don’t like Rihanna, but notice she didn’t act like a huge b*tch until AFTER she had firmly established herself. At least she got that right.

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  25. GEEZUS

    Her music is LIFE! I had the mixtape for years but I recently decided to take time to listen to it (with lyrics) and it’s actually dope. I liked Us, Esta Noche at first listen tho years ago. Her EP was dope too. She’s different but she could spit. I wish I could flow like her.

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  26. Scott homes

    She’s so unprofessional. One time I went to dinner with her and she ordered everything off the menu just to be a diva and didn’t eat a bite… She’s trash. It’s sad that people give her any attention.

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  27. Satan

    Everyone in these comments clearly have something personl against Azealia Banks. There’s no denying that this girl is talented. She should’ve been where Iggy is at right now, but her attitude got in the way of that. However, she is talented and more talented than half of you faceless commentators on here AND she has more money. You guys are just haters who don’t even listen to her discography.

    Peace and blessings, bitches. xoxo

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  28. IGGY AZALEA SLAYIN YOUR FAVES

    Ha! Told you she ain’t happenning. Another one bites the dust. Queen Iggy still reigns. Nicki is somewhere taking her meds.

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  29. latonya

    Exactly she shouldn’t be thrown away or to the side. That’s the biggest problem they didn’t know what to do with her. I hope she gets with somebody who does she’s too talented

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