As we speak, the ink is still drying on Azealia Banks’ newly signed contract with Universal Music. With comparisons to Nicki Minaj (who she is a massive fan of), Banks may be labelled as a female rapper, but she goes far beyond the barriers of this genre with her electro beats, indie image and razor sharp lyrics. This is just the start of an incredibly busy year that will see her touring overseas, performing at Coachella, teaming up with Lady Gaga’s acclaimed stylist, Nicola Formichetti and, best of all, releasing her first EP. Banks may be sporting pigtails and a girlish grin in her ‘212’ video, but don’t be fooled – this 20-year-old is far from innocent. After all, the track had to be edited nearly 40 times before it was allowed to air on the radio!