Friday, July 11, 2014

After months of squabbling, Azealia Banks is a free agent

After months of squabbling with her record label, Azealia Banks has finally been dropped from Universal Music Group.

Azealia Banks' career has been stagnating lately, as she hasn't released any new music since last October and often seems more focused on starting Twitter beef than working on albums. Much of that is due to her dissatisfaction with her record label, Universal Music Group, which became known in January after she tweeted some less-than-positive things about her deal.

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Now, months later, it appears as though she's finally gotten her wish and been dropped from the major label. 

The exact circumstances surrounding Banks' split from Interscope are known, but the controversial emcee has made her desires to leave the label very public in recent months, including begging to be released from her contract on Twitter early this year.

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In a June interview with Gigwise, Banks took things one step farther and admitted that she had started to hide new tracks from Interscope.

"I haven't been releasing anything that could potentially be phenomenal," she said. "I haven't been doing anything good because I don't want these people to want me. It's like a relationship with an ex-boyfriend, where you kind of do things to make him go away."

Banks' separation from Interscope follows multiple delays of her debut album Broke With Expensive Taste. After garnering plenty of buzz from her track "212" in 2011, the album was originally due out two years ago but has still not seen the light of day.

The future of Broke With Expensive Taste and Banks' discography is unknown at this time, but one thing is for sure: she is one happy camper. She's been retweeting many fans in celebration of her new free status and declaring she can finally do what she wants.
In keeping with her current reputation, Banks took to Twitter to share the news, referencing The Color Purple and her past dream to be a "cool indie chick."

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Banks won fans over with the aforementioned single “212″ in 2011. Fans expected her to capitalize on the buzz created by her hit song by dropping an album immediately. That never happened. Banks put out an EP called “1991″ which was followed a year later with the mixtape “Fantasea.”

While casual fans were starting to lose interest in Azealia’s talent, she kept their attention by constantly getting into arguments with rappers like T.I. and Angel Haze. She’s also felt the wrath of Twitter when she used homophobic slurs.

Now that Banks is a free agent, let’s see if her debut album will ever get released.

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