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June 25, 2012  | by: Angel Mills

Azealia Banks

Female rappers often come a dime a dozen. It seems that there can only be a few successful women in rap music at one time. 21-year-old rapper, Azealia Banks is catapulting this notion into the distant stratosphere.  The “Slow Hands” singer, is garnering fans worldwide through her explicit, unapologetic lyrics and techno beats. Difficult to categorize, Banks does not try to mold herself after other women in the music industry nor does she try to be someone she is not. “I’m not trying to sell myself,” she told swaggernewyork.com.

Banks began getting the attention of record labels when she released her song “Seventeen.” Though she was an unsigned artist, Banks began working with the producer of Adele’s album, “21” , Paul Epworth. A former student at LaGuardia High School in New York City, Banks is following in the footsteps of countless successful graduates including Nicki Minaj and Kelis.

Azealia Banks

As a rapper, singer, and dancer, Banks is a triple threat. While growing up in Harlem, New York, Banks began performing in off-Broadway musicals with Tada! Youth Theatre in Lower Manhattan.  In the midst of releasing her first album in 2009 titled, “Gimme a Chance”, Banks chose to drop out of high school and pursue her music full-time. She is now signed to Interscope Records and Polydor Records and is preparing to release her first mainstream album.

In order to quench anticipation, Banks released a mixtape in 2011 called, “Fantasea.” Her song “212” quickly became a fan favorite in the Netherlands and United Kingdom. On June 16, Banks released a new video for her song “Liquorice.”  True to her “free-spirited” nature, the video is both controversial and wild.

Watch Azealia Banks’ new video Liquorice below.

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