Azealia Banks on Cover of Paper Magazine

Hot on the heels of the release of the video for her new single “Liquorice“ … Azealia Bankssnagged the cover of Paper Magazine’s Summer Music issue, which is available on newsstands now.

Inside Paper Mag’s latest issue, Azealia Banks shows off her quirky personality and fashion sense, as she poses in a seashell bikini, with a huge fork in her hair and holding an over-sized Mickey Mouse chain in a photo spread shot by Emily Shur.

In her interview, the “212″ rapstress discusses her debut album, her recent move to Los Angeles and how she’s dealing with her newfound fame.

Via Paper Magazine:

On the inspiration behind her breakthrough single “212″:
“Nobody was listening to my music. I had been dropped from [the English record label] XL. My manager dropped me. My boyfriend left me. I was starting to accept that my career was never gonna happen. So the song was just me, like, ‘F*ck y’all. Y’all not gonna help me? I’m gonna get it myself.’”

On why she moved to Los Angeles:
“For me there’s three options of where to live: L.A., London and New York. London’s too expensive and New York’s too exciting: too many parties, too many of my friends. If I wanna make this my life, I have to live somewhere I can work, somewhere I can focus. My album will not come out in September if I live in New York.”

On the competitive nature of the music industry — aka “the machine”:
“The music industry is like a machine. It’s always going, and this new generation of artists — me, A$AP Rocky, Rita Ora — we’re the fuel that’s keeping it going. And once you get in that machine you’ve gotta run with it. There’s a crazy inertia that’s been going for years and years and years, and it’s not gonna stop for you, so you’ve gotta keep f**king working. The minute you stop working, that’s when you get stuck in the gears. And that’s when it grinds you up and spits you out.”

On the advice Interscope chairman Jimmy Iovine gave her:
“The music is what’s important. These people are not gonna wanna talk to you if you don’t have music; they’re not gonna be interested. And your star is not always gonna be as bright. So you really have to seize the day.”

Be on the lookout for Azealia Banks’ next mixtape “Fantasea,” set to drop on July 4th. Her debut album “Broke with Expensive Taste” is expected to be released this fall.

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