Azealia Banks has positioned herself as one of the most talked-about artists in music even amongst people who admit they know nothing about her music. But for an artist who is as well-known for her controversies as her songs (some would argue more well-known) she seems to feel confined by the way the public sees her as an artist more than anything. And she was famously critical of how much easier white rappers like Macklemore and Iggy Azalea have it when it comes to mainstream success.
But she recently wrote on Facebook that she no longer wants to be viewed as a rapper at all.
“And stop referring to me as a rapper !! I don’t want to be called a rapper. or a fem-cee, or a ‘spitta’ or any of that shit. I want to be called a singer now,” Banks wrote.
Banks added that rap music was never her primary concern and that her career as a rapper has actually hurt other pursuits.
“I’m honestly tired of rapping, the rap scene and the whole rap-girl persona,” she said. “Considering dropping my last name and just going by ‘Azealia’ and not rap for a while. I’m really tired of being that girl. It’s not me. Remember, i only started rapping because my acting career wasn’t moving as quickly as i wanted it to. Rap has been SUCH diversion for me, and it’s probably the reason i feel so lost and off my path. I’ve done great things with Rap, but only because it pays my bills. I would much rather sing and act and never rap again. I don’t want to be a rapper anymore.”
She’s made this declaration before. And Banks is best at generating headlines about herself–so this could just be another play for attention. But most of the world would prefer she do something besides make a spectacle of herself. Rap, sing–whatever. Just do something besides rant on social media.
What do you think of Azealia’s declaration? Does it change the way you see her? Does it change anything?