She just rocked a custom-designed Alexander Wang gown at the Met Ball, has Diplo and Kanye West as fans, yet only a few years ago was Azealia Banks being brushed off at auditions – from her own Harlem brethren.
In a new interview with VIBE, Azealia Banks revealed how Dame Dash and Juelz Santana dissed her during an audition.
The pub reveals:
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.’”
Meanwhile, Europe caught on far sooner than we did and according to the 20-year-old, “In Europe, your art is looked at on merit and how you hold up your integrity. The people here are just deeper thinkers, ya know?”
As for those pesky comparisons to her fellow LaGuardia graduate, New Yorker, and also bisexual rapper Nicki Minaj, Banks’ old drama teacher says, “I don’t remember Nicki having the level of ambition Azealia manifested to me,” says drama teacher Harry Shifman.” He added, “Azealia is a pretty extraordinary talent.”
One many assume has coupled with a nasty attitude, though. On that, Banks told VIBE, “Everyone thinks I’m this arrogant little twat, but I’m actually very levelheaded and real.”