‘Count Contessa’ crafter Azealia Banks is following in the footsteps many an African-American by using her DNA to trace her ancestry beyond the shores of the United States.
After making headlines for slamming institutional racism and the “cultural smudging” of black culture in entertainment the rapper teamed up with ‘Ancestry’ to discover which parts of Africa her ancestors lived in before they were captured and forced into cattle slavery.
Her debut album ‘Broke With Expensive Taste’ showcased a way with words, vocals and poetry that places her ahead of most (if not all) her contemporaries…at least on a talent tip.
Alas, it’s the stories Azealia Banks creates for the media and not her music that has seen her pull in the most attention since she touched down on planet Pop four years ago, and for all the wrong reasons.
It’s fair to say that many of today’s chart contenders would snap, crackle and flop without the backing of the record label system.
Fortunately, when one’s success is based on a foundation of lyrical ability, live skill and authenticity being without said system does all of nothing to stop one on their creative journey.
Just ask Azealia Banks, the mastermind behind the Jazz-inspired album ‘Broke With Expensive Taste‘ who continues to see her fanbase swell thanks to performances like the one she put on at the ‘Leeds Festival.’