As we all know, rap has been male dominated industry almost since it first started. Plenty of women have been in the game though, representing us and going toe to toe proving that they are just as good, if not better, as the men. They can rap about the struggle of being in a male dominated industry, as well as the struggle of growing up poor, and other female issues that men just can't compare to. And they can also talk shit about the fucked up things men do and men need to get a reality check to their egos every once in a while. My favorite example of this male ego checking by a female rapper is: "Looking Ass Nigga" by Nicki Minaj.
New York rapper Azealia Banks is honestly one of my favorite rappers out right now. Since last year, when I first heard "Liquorice", an amazing song essentially about fucking white guys, I was like who is this fucking chick!!!! Everything about her was different. Her crazy styles, her thick New York accent, she was a breath of fresh air from Nicki Minaj, who I wasn't into at the moment because she had sold out to make the horrible singles "Star Ships" and "Ring The Alarm". I thought she was a goner. Thankfully, she came back, haha.
My favorite thing about Azealia Banks is that she really isn't afraid to speak her mind. Especially on Twitter like we all know. It's highly comical following the feuds, however it kind of sucks that she may be possibly running her career into the ground because all she has been doing is running her mouth and it really overshadows her talent. I mean, have you heard the "Fantasea" mixtape? The heavy, synth dreamy beats and dope verses over it which make it a refreshing sound to hear that's different to everyone else's. I mean seriously, take a listen to 'Jumanji" and "Us", they'll change your life forever. I used to have my alarm set to 'Jumanji' to wake up to senior year of college. All the songs have a different flow to them and it makes you feel good about your self. And you gotta love it.
Recently, Banks left her label and is now independent, and I can't be happier. I love how she said she left her label because she was tired of "having to consult a group of old white guys about my black girl craft." which is an amazing quote considering how if you're in the music industry you have to make your music appeal to white people in order to really make it big. And honestly, can you imagine her in front of some old white guys explaining things she wants to do when they really don't know anything about being a black woman?
With her new single "Heavy Metal and Reflective", I am so excited to see where she's going to go from here, hopefully she'll find the right label she is looking for and craft her style so we can FINALLY get an album from her. I'm excited to see where she'll go from here. Hopefully she'll get a better PR team so she can stop the Twitter beef ;). I'm rooting for her, and I'm excited to see the new path her career is taking.