Iggy Azalea Vs Azealia Banks

Iggy Azalea VS. Azealia Banks

Who would have thought with all the possible names out there, the two most promising female MCs to enter the rap world post-Nicki Minaj, would be A-Alikes? Well these two may as well be polar opposites but their names are eerily similar and surprisingly no one is talking about it, except for Mass Appeal. For those who have yet to pick a side (oh you didn’t know, these gals are beefin’ already too) MA compiled all of the pertinent information about each respective rapstress for one to cast a vote.

Iggy Azalea

Gov’t Name: Amethyst Amelia Kelly
Born Date: June 7, 1990
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Race: Caucasian
Sexual Orientation: Heterosexual
Label: Grand Hustle/Interscope
Affiliates: T.I., A$AP Rocky, Diplo, YG, Tiny Lister
Cosign: Snoop Dogg – In an interview with V Magazine Iggy said, “[Snoop] told me I’m the best girl rapper in the West, and that he’s proud I picked Cali.”
Influences: Tupac, Gwen Stefani, Grace Kelly
TV Star Look-A-Like: Kelly Bundy from Married With Children
YouTube Hits*: “The Last Song” – 835,756 views, “Pu$$y” – 756,519 views, “My World” – 836,437 views, “D.R.U.G.S.” – 895,329 views, “Murder Bizness” – 452,017 views
Mixtape Releases: 1
Album Release: 0
Upcoming Album Title: The New Classic
Buzz Factor: 2012 XXL Freshman, Nominated for an MTV Woodie
Nicki Minaj Connection: Along with sharing a similar fashion sense, Iggy rapped over Nicki’s “Roman In Moscow”
Sound, As Described By The New York Times “She sounds as if she learned to rap for a part in a Movie of the Week: she’s studied and awkward, an able imitator but not yet capable of more than that.”
Fashion Cred: Spreads for Dazed and V magazines, co-owns a weave company
Beef: Vegetarian. In other words, she don’t want Nathans, nothing, nada.

Azealia Banks

Gov’t Name: Azealia Amanda Banks
FKA: Miss Banks
Born Date: May 31, 1991
Birthplace: Harlem, U$A
Race: African-American
Sexual Orientation: Bisexual
Label: XL Recordings (2009), Interscope (2012-present)
Affiliates: Kanye West, Diplo, Adele’s Grammy award-winning producer Paul Epworth, Lady Gaga’s manager Troy Carter, Scissor Sisters, Lunice, Karl Lagerfeld, Lana Del Rey (rumored), Nick Hook, LuckyMe
Cosign: Along with being one of the five people Kanye follows on Twitter, Mr. West reportedly called Banks “the future of music” during his DJ set at 1OAK Las Vegas last New Years Eve
Influences: Destiny’s Child, Aaliyah, Interpol, Bloc Party, Futureheads, Eve, M.I.A., Santigold, Lil Mama
TV Star Look-A-Like: Ashley Banks from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air meets Pam Tucker from The Cosby Show
YouTube Hits*: “212” – 9,960,566 views, “L8R” – 1,200,144 views, “Runnin” – 246,477 views, “Bambi” – 357,650 views, “Liquorice” – 403,757 views, “Fuck Up The Fun” & “Barbie Shit” Live at Coachella – 14,091 views
Mixtape Releases: 0
Album Release: 0
Upcoming Album Title: Broke With Expensive Taste
Buzz Factor: Topped NME’s Cool List, Ranked third on the BBC’s Sound of 2012 and Pitchfork‘s Top 10 Tracks of 2011 for her song “212”
Nicki Minaj Connection: Both Attended LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts
Sound, As Described By The New York Times “Ms. Banks is effervescent and charming, and seemingly extremely malleable.”
Fashion Cred: Spreads for V, GQ, Elle and T: The New York Times Style Magazine; her track “Bambi,” played during Mugler’s show at this year’s Paris Fashion Week; she performed at a house party at Karl Lagerfeld’s crib; premiered new music at Chanel’s Tokyo pop-up shop. Not to mention, designer Alexandar Wang custom made her a pair of heels.
Beef: Bring It On.


*  As of press time

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