Just when Azealia Banks was in danger of letting her musical endeavours take the limelight, she’s reverted to recent form: high-profile sulks and scraps.
Now, according to Hollywood Reporter, Banks has severed ties with her current manager in fairly impetuous fashion. Despite only having signed with Troy Carter – also Lady Gaga’s manager – seven weeks ago, their working relationship has come to an end. Carter suggested that the “incredibly talented” Banks had departed on “amiable terms”. Banks, meanwhile, wasn’t quite so complimentary.
The Harlem artist took to Twitter to proclaim: “I know who you are yes…You short bald man…I know you planted these false stories. Guess what?: I’m still not going to let you manage me again. I’ve dealt with enough cyber bullying to see right thru this. I will definitely be working BY MYSELF and saving MY 20% On management commissions while I avoid you sharks in the water….”.
After that online jag, Banks subsequently deleted her Twitter account, hopping over to Tumblr instead. In a post headed ‘No Longer Wishing To Be A Rapper’, Banks wrote: “i never was…. and as soon as i started paying attention to bullshit urban media, i started getting myself in trouble. From now on i’m a vocalist, and will not be associating myself with the “rap game”… or whatever the fuck that means…no more twitter for me… it makes me entirely too accessible. Catch me on tumblr… it’ll be more interesting.”
We’ve commented before on how Banks’ online sniping has done some injury to her appeal; hopefully the shift in outlet will enable her to put her previous social media indiscretions behind her. It’s also interesting to see Banks situating herself at a remove from the “rap game” – the insinuation seems to be that the rap world comes laden with noxious ideological baggage not present in the worlds of pop/dance.