Azealia Banks is known to be a renowned American singer, songwriter and rapper. She is greatly known for her rapping as well as an outstanding personality for being a forthright voice on every social media. Azealia has been raised in the New York City’s neighbourhood named as Harlem where she started getting her music released through MySpace.

Then she got a chance to get into a contract with XL Recordings at a very young age. Through this contract she got her debut single entitled ‘212’ released, after which she got hold of a recording contract with the famous Interscope and Polydor Records. This helped her in releasing her first ever extended play. Azealia’s debut studio album named ‘Broke with Expensive Taste’ came across a number of delays from the time when its initial was announced. Later her mix tape entitled ‘Slay-Z’ was released.

Early Life

Azealia Banks’ birthplace is Harlem which a town in the New York City of New York in USA. Her full name is Azealia Amanda Banks. Her father had suffered from pancreatic cancer during her childhood which brought about his death, Azealia being a little girl then. She experienced her growing years in Harlem itself, completely raised by her widow mother who struggled much after her father’s terrible death from cancer along with two elder daughters.

As per reports, Azealia confessed that her mother had become quite abusive right after her father’s death. She spoke about how her mother use to kick them at any point of time as well as hit the sisters randomly and used to say how much worthless they were for deserving a single penny.

Azealia caught her interest in performing at stage at a very tender age. To get herself protected from her mother’s torture, Azealia moved away from her and started staying with her elder sister in the same apartment. When she was about 10 years old, Azealia began to perform in off-Broadway musicals.

She then got an opportunity to perform in the popular Tada Youth Theatre and since then she performed all the main roles as her teachers could notice the great potential she had. Being a teenager, she took her admission in the LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts. She further was sent to the auditions which were held at TBS, Nickelodeon after an agent noticed her performance and thereby discovered her talent.


Azealia started off her music career by getting music and songs recorded through MySpace during 2008. After this she took the help of media and started sharing those recorded music and songs in MySpace for a longer time. She was then signed by XL Recording only when she was 17 years old.

Her debut single entitled as ‘212’ then got discharged through XL Recordings, which can be termed as her official commencement in her music profession. Though her first collection got discharged as a computerized download which was available absolutely for free and after sometime only it was discharged authoritatively. Her lead single was included in this which was from her EP 1991.

Azealia has won a number of respects and has been honoured several times in her music career. She was awarded with Urban Music Awards for her debut with ‘212’ as the Best Single. Then she got awarded with the NME Awards along with few other honour selections like Wagered Awards, BBC and of course NME Awards and few more.

After this, her studio collection entitled as ‘Broke with Expensive Taste’ got released on iTunes around 2014. This collection got physically released a year later. Azealia achieved success through this collection as the songs were super hit, thereby making amazing business achievements.

In addition to this, her second mixtape entitled as ‘Slay-Z’ was recently discharged. This was a joint venture including Nina Sky and Rick Ross, being delivered by a number of organisations like Kaytranada, An Expresso and Benga Coki. ‘Crown’ has been her latest release of this year. This venture has been collaborated with Lunice and has been delivered by SoundCloud.

As she releases a number of albums throughout the year, she is considered as one of the most successful music artist thriving in Hollywood. She could earn quite a good amount of money from her considerable number of works.

Personal Life

Taking Azealia’s personal life into consideration, she claims in the media that she possesses a bisexual character. Azealia is courageous and bold enough to discuss about her sexuality openly in the media. She has also been found in expressing her disappointment and discontentment with the way how society labels each individual along with forming judgements, totally based on each one’s sexual orientation. In many of the interviews, she has been found talking about her sexual life, thereby revealing that she is a lesbian.

There are several controversies and weird rumours associated with Azealia and thus, she is popularly termed as the controversy girl. She is competed with a number of celebrities like Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj and broadly with Iggy Azalea. She was liable for homophobia for making use of specific slurs, though she had denied this claim repeatedly. Recently because of such a homophobic and racist attack towards Zayn Malik, Azealia’s Twitter account had been suspended.

Azealia made her appearances in a number of parties like that of the party which was thrown by Russel Crowe and called for great controversies, being landed at police station as she claimed she was mistreated by the host of the party. Also, because of her unacceptable comments on social media platforms, she had been part of some popular scandals as well.

Also, in the recent past, Azealia had a traumatic miscarriage and says this incident was one of the most painful events in her lifetime. She spoke about her terrible situation and how she used to remain aloof and stayed at home throughout the day and speculated what could have had been the reason for such a misfortune.

Quick Summary

Full name: Azealia Amanda Banks

Date of birth: May 31, 1991

Birth place: New York City, New York, U.S.

Age: 26 years

Profession: Musician; Rapper

Height:  5ft 3 inches (170 cm)

Weight: 56 kg

Net worth:  $3 Million