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Azealia Banks is an American hip-hop artist and singer from Harlem, New York. Showing interest in music and theatre at a very early age, she enrolled at the LaGuardia High School for Performing Arts. Deciding to focus on her music career, Banks dropped out and began releasing tracks through MySpace under the pseudonym Miss Bank$.
Banks’s sound is a combination of hip-hop, R&B, and pop, and has found commercial success with mainstream audiences, albeit through unconventional means. Her music has been released through outlets such as SoundCloud and BBC Radio, with her debut album being a surprise release in 2014.