Azealia Banks Leaves Record Label: 'I'm Gonna Have a Fresh Start'

9:47 AM PST 07/11/2014 by Jason Lipshutz, Billboard

The controversial rapper tweets Sony to rescue her from her Universal contract. "Now I get to be the cool indie chick I imagined I would be when I was 14!!!"

Two and a half years after Azealia Banks signed to Universal Music, the controversial female rapper has departed the label without ever releasing a proper album. Banks gleefully shared news of the split yesterday afternoon.

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"IM ABOUT TO GET OUT OF MY DEAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THATS THE BIG SURPRISE!!!!!" Banks posted to Twitter. "I'm feeling like miss celie at the end of color purple. … Free at last."

Banks' stellar 2011 debut single, "212," led to a deal with Universal in January 2012. Although Banks released an EP, 1991, and a mixtape, Fantasea, in 2012, the Harlem native often made headlines for fighting with other rappers on Twitter, including Angel Haze and T.I., and came under fire for using gay slurs on social media. Her debut album, Broke With Expensive Taste, was originally set for a fall 2012 release, was pushed to February 2013, and then evaporated into thin air.

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"Can someone at Sony buy me off of Universal please?? I'm really in hell here," Banks reportedly tweeted last January. Although the rapper has not detailed her next move, she did write on Thursday, "Ugh, now I get to be the cool indie chick I imagined I would be when I was 14!!!"

This article originally appeared on Billboard.com

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