She’s cute and young and can hold her own among her fellow rappers, but the Harlem-based hip hop star Azealia Banks just got a lot more popular with the girls. Banks came out as bisexual in the New York Times today, telling the paper, “I’m not trying to be, like, the bisexual, lesbian rapper. I don’t live on other people’s terms... I’ve been out for three years, I’ve been around.”
Labels or not, Banks hinted at her love of vag in her pulsating maxi hit, 212, the video of which has gotten something like three million views on YouTube. One lyric: “She know where I get mine from, end of season / Now she wanna lick my plum in the evening / And fit that ton-tongue d-deep in /I guess that cunt getting eaten.” The last line, in which Banks — like queer author Inga Musico before her — reclaims the C word, is repeated at least five times, in case listeners missed it.
The Times reports that Banks is also one of only five people that Kanye West follows on Twitter, but it’s not just the world of hip hop who are taking Banks seriously. According to John Ortved, Gwyneth Paltrow is “obsessed” with her, as are a handful of fashionistas like gay designer Nicola Formichetti who styled her for Elle Magazine.
Even better? Universal Music heard the buzz and inked Banks first real record deal for an album due out this spring.