Music newcomer Azealia Banks recently revealed having an opportunity to possibly link up with the Diplomats, dishing out details on a failed 2008 Dipset audition.
According to Banks, she was passed over by Dipset affiliate Damon “Dame” Dash back in 2008 without even letting out a word.
AZEALIA BANKS SHOWED UP FOR her big break a few years early. It’s 2008, and the Harlem-born rap rookie is dilly-dallying on the music video set for Juelz Santana‘s ‘hood carol “Jingle Bellz,” red peacoat beaming, knapsack bulging, lip gloss poppin’. She thumbs her Blackberry while awaiting an impromptu audition for her around-the-way heroes, only to be brushed off before uttering a single syllable. “I was prepared to spit for Dame Dash, but he kind of just went ‘Nah!’ and walked away. Womp,” recalls the now-20-year-old cocoa-toned rascal, choking with laughter. “Juelz looked at me like, ‘Whose little sister is here? Please get her the f*ck out.'” (VIBE)
As of late, the Harlem rapper has received co-signs from lady emcees like Eve.
“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)
Currently gearing up to drop a long-awaited solo project, she will perform at next month’s Hot 97 Summer Jam concert.
“Omg still can’t believe I’m doing summer jam. That sh*t is so honorary #NEWYOOOOOORRRRRRRKK,” she tweeted May 5th.
“I grew up on @Hot97″ (Azealia Banks’ Twitter)