News: Azealia Banks Puts On Her Poker Face, Joins Teams W/ Lady Gaga

Wednesday, Apr 18, 2012 4:00PM

Written by Rosario Harper

Music newcomer Azealia Banks is looking past her recent rift with Australian rapper Iggy Azalea and has teamed up to share managers with Grammy award-winning singer, Lady Gaga.

While details are still forming, Banks' new representation became public knowledge late Tuesday night (April 17).

Troy Carter adds the much-hyped newcomer rapper to his client roster; "Broke With Expensive Taste," her debut album for Interscope, is due out in September. Newcomer Azealia Banks, who signed to Universal Music in January, is being represented by Lady Gaga's manager Troy Carter. (Hollywood Reporter)

She is currently gearing up to drop a much-anticipated debut album around late summer.

Banks' first full-length album, Broke with Expensive Taste, is expected to hit stores in September. The rapper shot to stardom late in 2011 with her self-released single "212," and she recently played a very well-received set at the Coachella festival. (Rolling Stone)

Earlier this month, Philadelphia rap veteran Eve co-signed Banks' talent in a recent interview.

"I like Azealia Banks. I think her style is dope. If you listen to her lyrics, she knows how to wordplay and I think that's cute. I'm not really into the Iggy Azalea chick. I can't really f*ck with her music, but her look is crazy. I just can't believe it." (Women of Hip Hop)

Recently, Banks downplayed receiving mainstream accolades by the likes of such entertainers as Kanye West and Gwyneth Paltrow.

The Harlem-born 20-year-old seems almost aggressively unastonished by the attention. "I definitely have more money [now] and sh*t," she admits, "but that's all virtual stuff. I've been making music for a while. And I could read about myself on the Internet for a while." And meeting the likes of Kanye? "It's cool, but they're just people. The skies don't part and glow orange." As Banks begins recording her first album, is she listening to anyone for inspiration? "Everyone," she says, but mostly "Azealia Banks." (GQ)

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