Azealia spoke boldly and confidently to Paper about making her latest mixtape “Fantasea;” losing her manager, boyfriend, and record label; and holding up the music industry.
Here are a few of the highlights…
On Writing Her Song “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*** y’all. Y’all not gonna help me? I’m gonna help myself.’”
On the music industry:
“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***ing 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 moving to California:
“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.”
Cocky isn’t the word for this girl. BUT THAT’S WHAT HIP HOP STARS ARE MADE OF!!!
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