The rapper has hit out at Universal, saying that she's 'tired of having to consult a group of old white guys about my black girl craft'
Azealia Banks claims she is "literally begging to be dropped" by her record label. More than two years after the release of her song 212, the rapper used Twitter to plead with Sony and XL to buy-out her album contract with Universal Music.
"I'm really in hell here," Banks tweeted yesterday. "I've been gratefully riding off of mixtape fumes for the past two years ... [But] my fans really need some new music ... Universal needs to just hand me over to another label who knows what to do with me ... 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."
Banks isn't fooling around. "Serious Inquiry," she wrote. "Can someone at Sony buy me off of Universal please? ... I REALLY should have signed with Sony." Later she aimed her entreaties at Britain's indie behemoth, XL. "I would literally give anything to be on XL right now."
Banks had her chance with XL almost five years ago, inking a development deal with label boss Richard Russell. It didn't seem much fun at the time. "It was almost the day I signed to XL that they started checking out," Banks complained to Self-Titled magazine in 2012. "There were a good seven to eight months where I was just sending them texts and no one would say anything or pick up the phone or respond to my emails. Nothing ... So I started harassing Richard. Like, 'Dude, I'm going to chop your neck off. Answer my emails!' ... He wound up calling me 'amateur' and shit." As she later told the BBC: "This is not what I worked so hard my entire life to do - to be rejected by some English guy in West Bumblefrickin' nowhere London, telling me I'm amateur or something like that. So I just said, 'Screw you!'"
Although the 22-year-old's debut album has continued to be delayed, Banks has released a slow drip of internet-only singles. Earlier this month, she and Busta Rhymes remixed Beyoncé's song Partition. This track was later removed "for copyright reasons". Until recently, Banks has forsaken complaints for bitter sarcasm. "Obeying my label is the best decision I've ever made," she tweeted on New Year's Day. "My relationship with them is so good right now!"
Yesterday, she was "drowning [her] sorrows in blue cheese and ranch dressing". "I had a nice cry, now I'm [having] some wings," Banks wrote. "#lifeofahumancommodity #universaldoesntcare #theyreatthegrammys #hotwings"
Universal declined to comment on the Banks' remarks. As it stands, her debut album, Broke With Expensive Taste, is scheduled for release in March.
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