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'212' Rapper Azealia Banks Comes Out as Bisexual: VIDEO

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"212" rapper Azealia Banks, a 20-year-old from Harlem, comes out as bisexual in the NYT:

The aggression in “212” is palpable, not just in the beat but also in the crass lyrics, in which she asserts her dominance over a male opponent. Ms. Banks considers herself bisexual, but, she said: “I’m not trying to be, like, the bisexual, lesbian rapper. I don’t live on other people’s terms.”

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  1. *eye rolls* Yet another ingenue hopping on the bisexual bandwagon. Then again, maybe she's really bi.

    Posted by: craig | Feb 2, 2012 12:55:20 PM


  2. Hmm, could have quoted the bisexual-orinented lyrics to the song embedded above...like where she describes meeting another woman who takes a fancy to her, causing her to exclaim: 'Now she wanna lick my plump in the evenin'/ And stick that tongue d-d-deep in/ I guess that c*unt gettin' eaten'.

    Posted by: EchoMark | Feb 2, 2012 1:42:28 PM


  3. A woman can come out as bi, much more difficult for a man, especially obviously in the rap world.

    Female bisexuality just feeds into the whole str8 guy [or alleged str8 guy] sex fantasy.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Feb 2, 2012 1:56:13 PM


  4. yaaaaaaawn

    Sorry, didn't get enough sleep last night.

    Posted by: jim | Feb 2, 2012 1:58:21 PM


  5. Love!

    Posted by: Giovanni | Feb 2, 2012 2:12:00 PM


  6. Yet another fake bisexual female singer using the concept of female bisexuality to appeal to the sleazy straight guy fantasy. No wonder genuine gay and bi men are turning their backs on the music industry.

    Meanwhile, the music industry is doing its best to suppress gay and bisexual men....

    Posted by: bruce | Feb 2, 2012 2:53:41 PM


  7. I don't know why some of you insist on pissing all over everything that doesn't fit into your narrow view of the world. It was pretty obvious when this rap song first came out that the lyrics were all but an announcement that she was into women.

    Posted by: Steven | Feb 2, 2012 3:07:37 PM


  8. Steven,

    Re the negativity towards women, I think it's because there is such a double standard in the music industry. If a man were to sing about liking both genders, he wouldn't get a contract with a major label.

    Women exploit this double standard. It's a very ugly double standard which reduces the visibility of male-male sexuality while at the same time promoting a version of female sexuality that is common in the straight men's fantasy world.

    You see this double standard in the success of Madonna, Katy Perry, Britney, Rihanna...all women who have "kissed girls" and been glorified for it. Where is the male version?

    It's not just that men won't come out. It is that the record labels won't sign or promote a male with a bisexual marketing strategy, for instance. They put the kibosh on them.

    Posted by: bruce | Feb 2, 2012 3:19:34 PM


  9. Bruce,

    Azealia Banks has some background in the underground hip hop community and has been talking about loving women since some of her earliest slam poetry performances.

    I understand what you mean, and I am the first to cry "foul" when a straight girl rides the bisexual train straight to the bank, but Azealia is a little more transgressive than Katy Perry.

    Posted by: Shaun | Feb 2, 2012 4:05:30 PM


  10. She's the hottest thing on the block. You haven't seen anything yet!

    Posted by: PKNY | Feb 2, 2012 4:19:15 PM


  11. PKNY,

    Don't like her. Won't be purchasing anything from her.

    Posted by: jason | Feb 2, 2012 4:37:02 PM


  12. Why don't you bitter ol queens just listen to the damn song. Sickening.

    Posted by: QueerGeek | Feb 2, 2012 4:43:51 PM


  13. She should have said her gayness is a choice, then you all would be calling her a bisexual.


    Posted by: mickw | Feb 2, 2012 7:31:46 PM


  14. She's adorable, and I'm very curious to see what she does in the future. I wasn't so impressed with earlier tracks; 'Later' was cool. Because of '212' I checked out Lazy Jay, and am totally hooked! He has some more House tracks up at Youtube I can't stop listening to.

    Posted by: DC | Feb 2, 2012 8:56:43 PM


  15. @MickW: Exactly. Which is why this site has been driving me nuts lately.

    Loved '212', btw.

    Posted by: Chris | Feb 3, 2012 2:11:19 AM


  16. Another day, another heaping of misogyny in the Towleroad comments. :-(

    Posted by: Jeff | Feb 3, 2012 8:41:28 AM


  17. I wouldn't be surprised if one of you anti-bi-women assholes claims next that Peaches is fake bi just to turn men on... Ridiculous.

    Posted by: Amanda | Feb 3, 2012 10:35:01 AM


  18. So, I'm guessing a heap of you would totally discount Kinsey's research?

    This site would be a lot cooler if it didn't reek of misogyny and bi-phobia.

    Posted by: saucykitty | Feb 3, 2012 12:06:10 PM


  19. What matters about Banks is that she is a fantastic rapper. Rap's form is about the manipulation of English to conform to a certain logic. Here it is "212" or the sounds ending in "un" and "oo." Listen to how she manages to juxtapose those sounds in what seems like an endless series of combinations. The content of rap is braggadocio. The specific forms of braggadocio don't really matter. It is all playful one-up-manship. The point is that Banks can rap with the best of them, men and women. And it doesn't matter what she wears, who she is dating, what she is like. The girl can rap, and she is spectacular. And the song is just FUN. Remember when pop music used to be fun? When it didn't take itself so seriously? When it didn't sound like some over-produced, lifeless beat-machine? Pop music hasn't been fun like this for about 15 years. I can't wait for more from Banks and other artists like her.

    Posted by: Miguelito | Feb 3, 2012 3:03:31 PM


  20. I think we should be judging Banks on her rap sills, not on her sexuality. The NYT, in its retrograde reporting, of course assumes "aggressive lyrics" to somehow be the product of a "deviant sexuality." The reporter does not for a minute consider that put-downs just are rap's stock-in-trade.

    Hey NYT- if you are going to write about rappers, maybe you should get reports who, you know, know something about rap???

    To those of you who decided to follow the NYT in its retrograde and culturally illiterate reporting, shame on you for judging anyone's sexuality.

    Posted by: Miguelito | Feb 3, 2012 5:03:52 PM


  21. Azealia is a faaar gr8tr actress and singer. The industry better brace themselves. Do yah thing Yougin! Auntie3times

    Posted by: Jane Bank | Feb 3, 2012 11:08:48 PM


  22. 2012 is going to be her year!

    Posted by: ladycaca | Feb 8, 2012 10:35:27 AM


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