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Azealia Banks releases long-awaited debut album

Rapper Azealia Banks debuted her long-awaited album without warning on Thursday (06Nov14), two years after its original release date.

The 212 hitmaker initially planned to unveil her debut disc Broke with Expensive Taste in 2012, but the project suffered a series of setbacks and the release was pushed back several times.


Banks was embroiled in a feud with bosses at her Universal record label over the album, threatening to leak it online and publicly pleading with music executives to release her from her contract.


They finally parted ways in July (14), and the disc became available on song store iTunes and music-streaming service Spotify on Thursday, without any prior warning or marketing campaign.


Banks writes in a post on Twitter.com, "Words cannot express the way I feel... Wait is over, get Broke With Expensive Taste... Skip class and stay home from work!! Invite your friends over and celebrate!! Broke With Expensive Taste is finally here!!!"


The record was released by Banks in collaboration with independent record label Prospect Park.