Last September, Azealia Banks made a splash with her viral hit “212.” We were immediately drawn in by the Harlemite’s charming—if vulgar—tune and we weren’t the only ones. Since then, the 20-year-old Azealia has been featured in the New York Times, invited to perform at Karl Lagerfeld’s house, and is even followed on Twitter by Kanye West. Oh, and did we mention that she recently scored a major label deal with Universal?

Needless to say, this girl is going places. Despite here penchanyt for “hipster-y rap,” Banks is an Uptown girl at heart who warmly recalls her teenage days of eating dollar hot dogs and a Pepsi for lunch. And she’s not a newcomer like many presume either; she’s been in the music industry for years after signing a deal with XL Recordings years ago while still a teenager.

Banks has turned heads by taking shots at (and even getting into Twitter feuds with) female rappers like Kreayshawn, Nicki Minaj, and Iggy Azalea but she wasn’t much interested in talking about them with us (“Kreayshawn doesn’t count," she explained. "We’re not talking about Kreayshawn right now. We’re talking about Azealia Banks.”) But she was more than open to tell the story of her long journey from the streets to where she now finds herself.

She told us about the time she punched Diplo in the face, why her deal with XL Recordings never worked out, and what “212” is really about. So keep clicking to find out Who Is Azealia Banks...

As told to Insanul Ahmed (@Incilin)

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