Music - Hard hitters of 2013

Outspoken New York-born rapper Azealia Banks has been keeping us on tenterhooks since she released her debut single 212 in December 2011, the same year she topped NME’s Cool List and finished third in the BBC’s Sound Of 2012 poll. 2012 saw her releasing a mixtape, Fantasea, in July and playing 11 sold-out UK shows, as well as music festivals such as Coachella, Reading and Leeds and the BBC Radio 1 Big Weekender. Following label changes and disagreements, the 21-year-old’s debut album, Broke With Expensive Taste, is due to be released in February 2013.

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