Azealia Banks “No Longer Wishing To Be A Rapper”
So, the up-and-coming
rapper vocalist had this to say on her Tumblr:
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…
She then added:
I’m still going to rap….
i just don’t want the label and all the other crap that comes with the “rap game”… it’s boring. rather be a dance artist.. lol.
… i’m just too weird for hip-hop.
ISH KNOWS…lol smfh. As if the Hip Hop/Rap game wasn’t already pretty weak, one of the most exciting and talented up-and-coming female MCs isn’t even trying to be associated w/ the genre lol. I’d love to hear her reasoning more in depth, but, from the little she posted, I lowkey am not mad at her one bit. I’ve worked w/ some of the top urban acts at labels and inside the actual studio. Let me just say, it can be difficult, and, that’s me being nice hahaha. Egos and mad insecurities seem to be way more prevalent in the urban sphere versus other ones in this industry.
Her saying “i’m just too weird for hip-hop” connotes to me what I’ve been saying for a while now: Hip Hop lacks innovation and creativity to a large scale. Funny she mentions her preference for dance/electro music which I’ve also been saying is the future of music and on the cutting edge of innovation creatively, artistically and business-wise.
Now, all you backpackers and underground heads, calm your asses down b/c I already know you’re going to burn me at the stake for having said the above. Look, I respect the underground scene…Hip Hop will NEVER die b/c the underground will always be there staying true to the original art form and its elements. But, growing up in the 90’s, I feel Hip Hop had amazing pioneers who grew and exposed the culture all over the world. I feel we lack those faces and pioneers so badly now, and, as a Hip Hop head, it honestly saddens me. Yo, real talk, outside of a few cats like Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, and Kanye, I don’t really fuck w/ Hip Hop or Rap much. And, you’re talking to a kid who only a few years ago was listening to Hip Hop/Rap around 90-95% of all my music intake.