Azealia Banks 'free' from record deal with Universal
According to The Guardian, six months after "begging to be dropped" from Universal Music, Azealia Banks has said that she has left her major label record deal. "I'S IS FREE!!!!!!" she wrote, though there's still no sign of when her debut album will finally get a release.
"IM ABOUT TO GET OUT OF MY DEAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" Banks tweeted on Thursday. "Free at last! ... I'm feeling like Miss Celie at the end of [The] Color Purple."
Banks' Universal deal seemed like a huge coup when it was announced in January 2012. The contract followed an unsuccessful tryst with the powerful independent label XL, and a debut single, 212, which had made Banks an international star. "God just dealt me a new hand today," she wrote at the time." [A] reaaaaaaaaaaallllly good hand."
But the honeymoon didn't last. "Album in May? June possibly?" Banks wrote in early 2012. Instead, the rapper released only an EP and mixtape over the next two and half years; her long-promised studio LP, Broke With Expensive Taste, is still missing in action. "I've been gratefully riding off of mixtape fumes for the past two years ... [but] my fans really need some new music," Banks complained in January. "I'm tired of having to consult a group of old white guys about my black girl craft. They don't even know what they're listening for or to."
A representative from the label has yet to confirm the artist's departure, and it is not clear if Banks will sign to another deal. "I REALLY should have signed with Sony," she wrote earlier this year, but she has also expressed regret for leaving XL in 2010. Based on the 23-year-old's Twitter feed, she is unlikely to sign with another major. "Now I get to be the cool indie chick I imagined I would be when I was 14!!!" she wrote on Thursday. "All I need is to be a member of Interpol and my teenage dreams are complete!"