Azealia Banks is back online, she’s getting behind RZA, and she’s wheeling away from Donald Trump.
The Harlem hip-hop artist took to her Facebook page to share the news she’d signed with RZA, the Wu-Tang Clan rapper-turned-director who cast Banks in his musical drama, Coco, alongside Common and Jill Scott.
“I’m finally getting a record deal. I’m signing with RZA,” she wrote. The pair share “excellent work chemistry,” and shooting Coco with him “was loads of fun!! Now I get to make music with him!!!Business and pleasure is imminent.”
RZA has yet to share details of the recording venture and there’s no talk yet of releases. If there’s anything to be gleaned from Banks’ post, she’s thrilled to get another chance at a recording career. It’s been the bumpiest of roads until now.
Banks ditched her record label Universal Music in July 2014 without ever releasing a proper album. Her debut LP Broke With Expensive Taste dropped in November of that year through a partnership with Jeff Kwatinetz’s Prospect Park, whose management company and label handled the release, with distribution through Caroline and Capitol Music Group. The album debuted and peaked at No. 30 on the Billboard 200, but there’s yet to be a full-length follow-up.
Banks, it would seem, is turning over a new leaf.
The controversial artist has been prolific on Facebook of late, despite announcing just two months ago that she was “quitting” the social media giant and “any other form of social media that allows me to engage with people.” Though her barbs aren’t as pointed as those once-regular flourishes of mean tweets that got her Twitter account suspended, Banks did fire-off a thinly-veiled blast at Donald Trump.
“I made a major mistake endorsing toupey-toupee. Womens’ rights are important and we must protect them. I tried…. I reached ….I even carried ……I take it all back,” she wrote. It’s another big-time u-turn for Banks who, in May, endorsed the billionaire Republican’s bid for the top job with a tweet, “I REALLY want Donald Trump to win the election.”