Azealia Banks has announced six dates from her upcoming North America tour. The rapper is going on the road to promote her album, Broke With Expensive Taste. The album was released last year, and it reached the Number 30 position on the Billboard 200 chart. It also did very well on the independent and hip hop charts. Broke With Expensive Taste reached Number 2 on the Top Rap Albums Chart, and Number 2 on the Independent Albums chart. To date, four songs were dropped from her studio debut including “Yung Rapunxel,” “Heavy Metal and Reflective,” “Chasing Time,” and “Ice Princess.” “Chasing Time” peaked at Number 12 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart, making it one of her best single debuts. Banks is expected to drop her sophomore album, Ice Princess, some time this year.
The rapper will be in Indio, California for the Coachella Festival on April 10th, 16th, and 17th. She is also performing at the Irving Plaza in New York on May 11th, and the Concord Music Hall in Chicago on May 15th. So far, the only other date Banks revealed was a show on May 19th at Paradise Club in Boston. March will be a big month for the rapper, and she is going to be on the cover of Playboy magazine’s April issue. Banks’ magazine feature will hit stands on March 20th, and it has been revealed she will be nude in the Playboy issue. Although the rapper never backs down from controversy, her comments regarding gay men may prove to be her most controversial. Banks defended her use of the word “f–got” during an interview on Sirius XM. She said she doesn’t use the term to describe a gay man, instead it’s used to describe men who want to bring women down by trying to control them. Banks said she considers the word to be more like a feminist term, rather than a derogatory word. Most people began labeling the rapper as homophobic, although she denounced those claims. Banks said she couldn’t be homophobic because she is bi-sexual. Banks also stated using the term “f–got” is the same as gay men using the term “bitch.” In the end, the rapper believes both terms are being used in the same regard.
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