Outtakes: 14 Quirky Quotes The Didn’t Make Azealia Banks’ VIBE Cover Story


Azealia Banks was on edge during the interview for her first VIBE Magazine cover story this May. Bubbling feuds with T.I. and Lil Kim dominated headlines and Twitter feeds, while her splendid 1991 EP and zany mixtape Fantasea hadn’t even hit the Internets yet. In other words, her controversies blared louder than her tunes. The interview—her second with writer Tracy Garraud—found the then-20-year-old defensive and assertive, confident of the quality of her music yet frustrated with the attention her squabbles received. She was way more charming during their first phone conversation in February, where she spilled on everything from idolizing Da Brat and Aaliyah to going through puberty. Both interviews revealed an ever-unfiltered Mermaid Banks, yet many notable quotables were left on the cutting room floor. Click through the gallery for the best of the rest.