Azealia Banks was born on May 31, 1991, in New York City, where she grew up. She has achieved so much, considering her young age, and actually signed with XL Recordings when she was just 12 years old. She was raised by her mother because her father sadly passed away when the star was just two years old. Her mother was both physically and verbally abusive towards Azealia and her two sisters, and she moved in with her older sister when she was 14 years old. Though she did not have the best home life while growing up, this didn’t stop the young girl from reaching for the stars, and her career took off when she was just a young girl. Today, on her birthday, we look back at all that this amazing rapper has achieved in such a short amount of time.
History of Azealia Banks
Azealia Amanda Banks was born on May 31, 1991, and took an interest in music from a young age. While she did not have a good home life, she still worked extremely hard and was determined to achieve success. Her career in music started when she was young and before she was signed with XL Recordings’ in 2012, she released her music through MySpace as she tried to gain a following. In 2011 her single ‘212’ reached the 12th position on the U.K. singles charts, an amazing accomplishment considering she was not yet signed to anyone.
In 2012, after signing with XL Recordings, Banks released her first mixtape called “Fantasea.” This mixtape was met with great reviews, her brand and name began to grow, and her popularity increased with every new release. Two years later, in 2014, she released her debut studio album, which was called “Broke with Expensive Taste.” Again, this album did incredibly well, even reaching the 30th position on the US Billboard 200. In 2016, she released her second mixtape, “Slay-Z”, and it was well-received by audiences worldwide.
In 2017, Banks broadened her horizons and the scope of her talent within the entertainment industry when she featured in the film “Love Beats Rhymes.” This movie was very successful and opened up many different doors for the young star when it came to both her popularity and the different projects that she would be involved in in the future. Banks has achieved so much in such a short amount of time, growing her brand in ways that could never have been imagined. We cannot wait to see what is in store next for this star’s career.
Azealia Banks timeline
Her single called ‘212’ reaches number 12 on the U.K. singles charts.
She signs with XL Recordings, which launches her professional career in the music industry.
She also releases her first mixtape, called “Fantasia”.
Her second album, “Broke with Expensive Taste,” is a massive hit.
Banks appears in the film “Love Beats Rhymes” — her debut in the movie industry.
Azealia Banks FAQs
Does Azealia Banks have any children?
No, Banks does not have any children yet.
What is her sexual orinantation
Banks has come out as bisexual and she has dated both men and women in the past.
Is Azealia Banks married?
No, she is not yet married and she is currently single.
5 Surprising Facts
She starred in off-Broadway shows
Banks was initially interested in starring in off-Broadway shows and was part of the Tada! Youth Theater from a young age.
She initially wanted to be an actress
Banks had always been interested in the entertainment industry and actually started out acting in commercials.
She was discovered on MySpace
Many people do not know that she attracted the attention of record labels through the popular social media channel MySpace.
She is also a model!
In 2015, Banks posed nude for the April 2015 issue of “Playboy.”
She loves cooking!
When Banks is not coming up with new music, you may find her whipping something up in the kitchen.
Why We Love Azealia Banks
She is open about her sexuality
Banks has come out as bisexual. Her openness and pride are truly inspiring.
She speaks out on African American civil rights issues
As an African American who is in the spotlight, Banks has spoken out about African American civil rights issues. We love a champion for a good cause.
She fights for what she believes in
When it comes to speaking up about issues, Banks is no stranger to conflict. We love her for it.
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