Azealia Banks (New York MC)
Legal name: Azealia Amanda Banks
Azealia Amanda Banks (/əˈziːliə/ born May 31, 1991) is an American rapper, singer and songwriter. Raised in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City, Banks began releasing music through MySpace in 2008, eventually being signed to XL Recordings at age 17. After releasing her debut single "212" to commercial success, she secured a recording contract with Interscope and Polydor Records, and later released her first extended play 1991 (2012) to minor chart success. Banks' debut studio album Broke with Expensive Taste (2014) experienced several delays since its initial announcement before being unexpectedly released to online music stores. In 2016, she released the mixtape Slay-Z. In addition to her music, Banks' outspoken views have been the subject of media controversies throughout her career.