One person who is an awe-inspiring presence on social media for both the right and wrong reasons is Azealia Banks. It provokes little wonder since it is the same social media (MySpace) that offered her a platform for expressing herself. However, besides being a highly controversial character on social media, Azealia is a very talented composer, rapper, singer and actress. Let’s learn more below…
Azealia Banks’ Bio
Her full name is Azealia Amanda Banks and the African-American female rap phenomenon was born on the 31st of May 1991 in Harlem, New York City. Her dad succumbed to pancreatic cancer and died when she was very tender of age so she was raised by her mom who became violent and abusive after the death of her husband.
Azealia had a severely troubled childhood which may have affected her in life when you look at the number of controversies she has been involved in. She had to move out of her mother’s home at the age of 14 as a result of the abusive behavior of her mother. She has recounted memories of emotional and physical abuse that she went through in her early years in several interviews.
Though Azealia started attending a high school, she dropped out to pursue a career in hip-hop. At the early stage in 2008, she recorded and shared her music on MySpace social network. Azealia Banks persistence and continual improvement on herself finally paid off when she was noticed and signed on by XL Recording at age 17 and in September 2011, she dropped a single ‘212’. The single would later earn her an Urban Music Award for Best Single. She later released a mixtape ‘Fantasea’ in 2012 and her first studio album ‘Broke with Expensive Taste’ in 2014.
Azealia Banks has been nominated for several music awards, some of which she has won. Her second mixtape tagged ‘Slay-Z’ came in March 2016 and amongst her most recent album release is ‘Fantasea II: Second Wave’ which hit the airwaves in April 2018.
Banks is a fiery African-American rights activist and has feuded with white artists trying to gate-crash on the black culture. Those who have been on the receiving end of this include Iggy Azalea, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, and Kendrick Lamar. She went all out against the artists, using slur words on Twitter which led to her account being suspended.
The 5 ft 3 inches rapper has admitted to being bisexual, though she was in a relationship with the American actor Jesse Bradford for over three years before they called it quits in 2015. As a teenager, she had dated Dave Holmes who was married at the time. Currently, she seems to be on the low with her love life may be single at the moment.
Azealia Banks versatile nature provides her multiple streams of income making her a very high earner. Her estimated net worth reaches about $3 million annually. Early in 2018, she made public her one year contract with Entertain One worth $1 million.
Relationship with Elon Musk, Cardi B and Trump
Elon Musk is the boyfriend of Grimes (Claire Boucher), a pop singer who was supposed to collaborate with Azealia in her next album. She was invited by Grimes to her boyfriend’s place in Los Angeles for a session. On getting there, Azealia was forced to wait for a protracted period of time. During her wait, she purportedly saw Elon trying to commit an investment fraud and also tweeting while on a hard drug called “Acid”. Azealia made this information public on Twitter leading to the SEC subjecting the Tech Company CEO to serious investigation.
She, however, has apologized publicly for sharing Elon’s intimate affairs in public. She posted her letter of apology on Twitter after the episode.
Azealia feuded with Cardi B, another female rapper who she described on Twitter as “a caricature black woman that black women themselves would never get away with”. From a new unknown Twitter account, she rains a barrage of sharp words on the female rapper whose raw, lewd and gangster-bitchy style of music clearly does not sit well with Azealia. Cardi B responded and deleted her Twitter account thereafter.
In 2016, Azealia Banks publicly tweeted her support for the current US President Donald Trump and hailed his immigration policy as a big boost for the African American community. Yet in 2017, she described him as an idiot in her signature brash tweeting technique. This sharp turn of loyalty came on the heels of the President’s proposal to ban Muslims in the country.