‘212’ rhyme-slinger Azealia Banks graces the cover of ‘Paper’ Magazine’s Summer Music Issue 2012 donning an Alexander Wang shirt, Diesel Black Gold belt, Joyrich baseball cap and denim shorts while dangling a golden Todd Pearce purse in front of her and holding an iPhone 4 to her ear. Much like fellow female rapper Nicki Minaj, she flaunts her quirky attitude in the spread for photographer Emily Shur as she poses while sucking a lollipop and even with a fork running through her hair.
On the inside pages of ‘Paper,’ Banks opened up about her debut album ‘Broke With Expensive Taste,’ making the big move to Los Angeles, handling her newfound fame and success and much more.
‘Paper’ Magazine’s Summer Music Issue 2012 is available on newsstands now!
Here’s what Azealia Banks had to say:
On her inspiration of ‘212’: “Nobody was listening to my music. I had been dropped from [the English record label] XL. My manager dropped me. My boyfriend left me. I was starting to accept that my career was never gonna happen. So the song was just me, like, ‘F**k y’all. Y’all not gonna help me? I’m gonna get it myself.’”
On moving to L.A.: “For me there’s three options of where to live: L.A., London and New York. London’s too expensive and New York’s too exciting: too many parties, too many of my friends. If I wanna make this my life, I have to live somewhere I can work, somewhere I can focus. My album will not come out in September if I live in New York.”
On living in fame: “The music industry is like a machine. It’s always going, and this new generation of artists—me, A$AP Rocky, Rita Ora—we’re the fuel that’s keeping it going. And once you get in that machine you’ve gotta run with it. There’s a crazy inertia that’s been going for years and years and years, and it’s not gonna stop for you, so you’ve gotta keep fu**ing working. The minute you stop working, that’s when you get stuck in the gears. And that’s when it grinds you up and spits you out.”
On the music industry: “The music industry is like a machine, It’s always going, and this new generation of artists – me, A$AP Rocky, Rita Ora – we’re the fuel that’s keeping it going. And once you get in that machine you’ve gotta run with it.”
On the advice from Interscope chairman Jimmy Iovine: “The music is what’s important. These people are not gonna wanna talk to you if you don’t have music; they’re not gonna be interested. And your star is not always gonna be as bright. So you really have to seize the day.”
Check Out The Photos From Her Spread Below:
Photo Credit: Emily Shur For ‘Paper’ Magazine.