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Azealia Banks to Embark on North American Tour 

Azealia Banks to Embark on North American Tour

Azealia Banks
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The Harlem rapper's bringing "The Big Big Beat" to a city near you. 

Azealia Banks, one of the most talented, controversial rappers in contemporary hip-hop, released this year a string of buzz singles, including "Chi Chi" and two different versions of "Escapades." Now, the Harlem emcee will bring her ultra-glam, hard-hitting sounds on tour, kickstarting Oct. 3 in Grand Rapids and finishing on Oct. 28 in San Francisco.

Amidst a flurry of seemingly unavoidable drama, Banks released in 2016 her independent full-length mixtape, Slay-Z, featuring lead single, "The Big Big Beat." Packed with '90s house sounds and Banks' signature cocky attitude, the energetic track was a proper introduction to her impressive nine-track project with guests Rick Ross and Nina Sky.

While her music is undeniable, Banks' reputation has certainly been affected by online confrontation. "I'm definitely shut out from where I was, 100 percent," she told XXL on being a music industry pariah. "People are very scared to be associated with me because of, you know, the controversy, I guess the skin bleaching or the 'sand nigger' or the 'faggot' thing.'"

Along with a North American tour, Banks will continue reclaiming and restoring her name through a promised new album, Fantasea II, the follow-up to Fantasea, as well as Business & Pleasure, a follow-up to Broke With Expensive Taste. Check out official dates, below, and click here to purchase tickets.

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