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Azealia Amanda Banks (born May 31, 1991) is an American rapper and singer, who rose to fame after her music video "212" went viral in late 2011. Her wild persona and explicit rapping style have put her in direct comparison by critics and bloggers to fellow female rapper Nicki Minaj; the two even attended the same high school, albeit in different years. After a failed record deal with XL Recordings, Azealia signed to Universal in 2012, but since they put her debut album under Development Hell, she became independent and released her debut album 'Broke With Expensive Taste' out of nowhere in November 2014.


  • 1991 EP (2012)
  • Fantasea (2012)
  • Broke With Expensive Taste (2014)
  • Slay-Z (2016)
  • Icy Colors Change (2018)

I Guess That Trope Gettin’ Eaten:

  • Be Yourself: The general message of her music.
  • Big Applesauce: Azealia was born in raised in New York City, something she brags about in "Bambi". She refers to it quite a few times in her music like in "Luxury" and "212" the latter being one of the area codes of Manhattan.
  • Boastful Rap: Lots and lots of this.
  • Brooklyn Rage: She's a born and bred New Yorker who is known for being very outspoken and emotional and not having the best control of her anger.
  • Brutal Honesty: She's not big on mincing her words nor is she afraid to speak her mind.
  • Catchphrase: The "I guess that cunt getting' eaten" line in "212", arguably. You can even purchase a shirt with the lyric on it here.
  • The Cameo: Azealia lends some uncredited vocals to the Scissor Sisters' "Shady Love".
  • Country Matters: Notorious for using this extensively.
  • Erotic Eating: She does this with a hot dog, lollipop, and popsicle in the "Liquorice" video.
  • Fake Loud: The muffled/distorted screaming in the chorus of "Yung Rapunxel".
  • Freestyle Version: She freestyled over "Harlem Shake" in 2013.
  • Game Face: She gives a rather impressive one in "Ice Princess", so much so that it's used for the banner for her Vevo channel.
  • Gold Digger: Describes herself as one in "L8R":
    No fronting, it’s about his paper
    He a giver, I’m a taker, and a fibber, and a faker
    You gotta spend a lot for this behavior
    If it ain’t about a dollar, I’m a holla at you later
  • Genre Mashup: She combines rap, hip hop, and r&b in almost every song of hers, while backing tracks run a full gamut of electronic genres.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: She's notoriously quick to anger, to the point that she's arguably more famous for her never-ending series of feuds and public altercations than for her music.
  • Iconic Outfit: The Mickey Mouse sweater she wears in the "212" video; it even has its own Twitter page!
  • Lady Swears-a-Lot: The amount of lines in 212 not featuring at least one cuss-word and/or sexual reference can probably be counted on one hand. And that's just the one song.
    "I’m a rude bitch, nigga!"
    • On iTunes every song from Broke With Expensive Taste comes with an explicit language warning.
  • Phrase Salad Lyrics: Parts of "Idle Delilah" fall into this:
    Idlest Delilah, darling, do ya like beige in your coffee? Tea?
    A wild... wild breeze on a day, a dawn
    Oft' indeed a child, smiles at me cause I'm made of yarn
    Dolly, me? Am I? I'll trade a dollar for ya dime, oh
    Idlest Delilah, trout and trees remind me of my Darling D the Diver
    Diver D was a satyr - a father figurine
    I made him run away with his stale lung
    Folly me am I? Oh, idol-less Delilah
  • Refuge in Audacity: And how. Azealia has no filter in her music or in general, which is best seen in the form of her many, many, many beefs.
  • Shaking the Rump: From "Runnin'":
    You be handful of scrilla while I'm jiggling the buns
    I can stop moving - still jiggling the buns
  • Stepford Smiler: "Soda" speaks on this topic and self-medicating to deal with depression.
    A smile, a guise
    I'm trying to hide behind tired eyes, I sigh
  • Take That!: One of her most notable traits is her various applications of this trope.
    • Many have speculated that the chorus of "212" is a dig at Nicki Minaj, but Azealia said that it's a dig at herself.
  • Too Many Mouths: The video and the cover of "YUNG RAPUNXEL" show Azealia with mouths instead of eyes. Terrifying.
  • The Western: The "Liquorice" video.