The Azealia Banks Guide to Putting Down the Most New York Anthem
Every great city needs a soundtrack, and in 2011, Azealia Banks served one up to her hometown. Named after New York’s shiniest area code (condolences to the 917 crowd), the Harlem-born rapper‘s throbbing, genre-twisting turn-up “212” made her an instant star, with its filthy lyrics (“I guess that cunt getting eaten”), a ballroom-inspired beat, and Banks’s own magnetic bravado on full display in the track’s equally unforgettable video. Azealia Banks, who keeps that same energy on her latest single “Fuck Him All Night,” tells us how she did it, and how you can, too.
Step 1: Go to the 212.
Step 2: Get cunt eaten.
Step 3: Ruin bitches.
Step 4: Buy a megaphone.
Step 5: Take the subway.
Step 6: Go broke.
Step 7: Couch hop.
Step 8: Drink vodka.
Step 9: Fuck him all day.
Step 10: Fuck him all night.
Hair: Kabuto at The Wall Group.
Makeup: Rommy Najor using Marc Jacobs Beauty.
Production: Perris Cavalier at The Morrison Group.
Photography Assistants: Kane E and Michale Ladner.
Fashion Assistant: Daniel Gaines.