Azealia Banks will grace the cover of April 2018’s Playboy, making her the first female rapper to ever be featured on Playboy’s cover. She’s a breakout star at just 23-years-old, and her explosive celebrity is partly because she has no problem speaking exactly what’s on her mind, where its in her music, on her twitter, or in an interview.
Though we don’t blame you if you find Azealia Banks pretty irritating from time to time (her comments in Playboy’s April 2018 issue about hating everything about this country are not for the patriotic person’s ears), you can’t deny her ability to make money.
In a year’s time, she managed to make over $1,000,000 by having just one single alone; her single “212” sold over 200,000 by itself and managed to get her on the stages of big festivals like Coachella.
According to Forbes, she pulls $21,000 a night for her live shows, and this number was calculated long before her anticipated album, “Broke With Expensive Tastes,” even dropped. But when it did, it managed to hit number two on the Rap albums chart. It was even placed #10 on Rolling Stone’s list of 40 best rap albums of the year, beating out efforts from Rick Ross, Mac Miller, and Schoolboy Q.
The female rapper is one of the biggest minorities in music today, and it’s nothing short of impressive that Banks is an accomplished one.
However, her propensity to feud on Twitter has certainly detracted from her talent. In 2018 alone, she has battled over the internet with Iggy Azelia, Lupe Fiasco, Kendrick Lamar, Action Bronson, and T.I. In other words, she’s tangoing with big-name artists far more established than her with many more fans on their side. If you’re looking for one of the most interesting things you’ll read all week, check out Complex Magazine’s compilation of Bank’s Twitter feuds. You’re welcome.
At the end of the day, whether or not you like Azealia Banks or agree with her radical opinions, she isn’t broke. Azealia Banks’ net worth is estimated at $3,000,000, more likely to go up after her exposure thanks to Playboy. So long as, of course, she doesn’t turn so many people off to her she’ll need a Comedy Central Roast to save her career.