Azealia Banks Believes That Rapping Is ‘Kind Of Tacky’


Rapper Azealia Banks is shooting off her mouth again, this time in a new interview about how much she dislikes rap. The rap singer, who has yet to release her debut album, confesses that she is hoping to release 2 albums in 2013, presumably both rap albums … and yet, according to Banks, she finds rap to be “unladylike” and “tacky”. But, she continues, she still loves it … even tho she plans to quit sometime soon. I mean … what?

Azealia Banks has revealed that she thinks rapping is “kind of tacky”. In an interview with HypeTrak, the hip-hop star said that she’d eventually like to stop rapping so she could focus on other musical styles – although she did also claim that she hopes to release two studio albums in 2013. “If I have things my way, if the universe allows me to do things the way I want to do them, I want to get two albums out in 2013,” she said, before hinting that she may look towards other genres in the future. “Not necessarily take a break, but do some sound research and come up with a different style,” she said. She then added: I’d eventually like to stop rapping. That’s the honest truth. One day I don’t want to rap anymore. Just because I think it’s… easy, but I think it’s kind of tacky. I think it’s very unlady like. I like it. But, I think I’m going to get tired of it. She went on to say: “I’d like to get two albums, get all the urban stuff, rap music, whatever ideas I have in me out and into fruition, and then maybe go back to school and take voice lessons again. Do contemporary jazz or whatever. But I definitely don’t see myself being a rapper forever.” Banks recently confirmed that she’s been working with both Lady Gaga and Kanye West. “I worked with Lady Gaga, but I worked with Lady Gaga from afar,” she said. “We worked via email and via Internet. We have a song called ‘Red Flame’ and a song called ‘Ratchet,’ but I don’t know what she’s doing with it. She’s going to release it when she wants to release it.” “Working with Kanye was a lot of fun,” she added. “I just kind of went out to Hawaii for vacation, and he has a studio out there. And he was just like, ‘You should really come to the studio,’ so I went to the studio and just worked it out.” She is set to release her debut album ‘Broke With Expensive Taste’ in February 2013.

I love Azealia, I really do. She is really good at what she does, even if it’s “kinda tacky” rapping. But seriously, the girl needs to grow up a bit. It’s refreshing that she feels empowered enough to share what’s on her mind … but most times, the stuff that comes out of her mouth is a bit embarrassing. I, personally, think she should release a couple of albums before she starts dismissing the importance of rap music otherwise she runs the risk of alienating her fans. Whether she dislikes rap or not isn’t even the point. It’s clear she wants to be able to do whatever she wants with her music career … so she should just put out the music and let it speak for itself.


  • Shannon

    Trent, ‘she should release a couple of albums before she starts dismissing the importance of rap music’– EXACTLY. She is so fun and so bold and talented too; she says whatever she thinks and there’s something cool about that… but then. Yeah, no. It’s dangerous to diss an art form that you haven’t *quite* conquered yet, lol. Rap is totally tacky sometimes, but that sounds weird coming from an aspiring rap artist (who is also, apparently, an aspiring rap retiree).

  • meljanison

    The trajectory of a musical artist moves much faster than it used to–look at Aubrey Drake “Made a million off a mixtape” Graham as an example. She doesn’t need to release an album or two to know what she is and isn’t interested in. And who says even interested in conquering the rap game? Her disinterest, she self-determination is what makes her a special artist to watch.

    I think it’s great that Azealia is looking forward and interested in experimenting and experiencing all that she can. What makes Azealia so wonderful is that she seems delightfully unbridled, quite self-aware and incredibly driven.

    • @meljanison — I totally agree with everything that you wrote. But I honestly don’t believe that Azealia’s intentions are nearly as thought out as your comment is. I could be wrong but based on pretty much everything I’ve read from her leads me to believe that she just engages in verbal diarrhea, not necessarily intelligent exposition.

  • Huh..

    Who is she?

  • Sam

    I guess I understand where she’s coming from, but she doesn’t really back up her points very intelligently. Aaahh, to be young