17: Azealia Banks – Powerful Women of 2013
Foxy Brown, Lil' Kim and Khia (remember 'My Neck, My Back?') were some of the very few female rappers who rhymed explicitly about how they wanted their sex. Welcome Azealia Banks. In 2011, she released '212,' which did not only go viral but also contained lyrics that made some critics and fans blush. Nonetheless, the song catapulted this Harlem native to stardom in Europe. She took third place in BBC's prestigious Sound of 2012, and was also signed to Mercury Records and Polydor Records.
Despite releasing a mixtape, 'Fantasea,' '212' and other side projects like her version of the 'Harlem Shake,' she has yet to release an LP. However, she's constantly at work on her debut album, 'Broke With Expensive Taste.'
From her brutally honest lyrics to the latest beefs she's got going on, Banks is willing to push everyone's buttons, forcing us to sit down and listen.