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Azealia Banks scraps Disclosure collab with a casual ‘f**k you’

It’s been a difficult Listen Out tour so far for Azealia Banks. At the Sydney festival on Saturday, Banks cut her set short after punters threw beer cans at the stage (by all accounts she gave a full, and spectacular, performance in Perth on the Sunday), and now Banks has revealed in an interview why her previously-hyped collaboration with fellow tour headliners Disclosure won’t be going ahead.

Banks went into the studio with Guy and Howard Lawrence back in June, taking to Twitter after the meet-up to declare, “Just had an amazing session with @disclosure !!!![sic]”. The English brothers were less effusive, saying in an interview with Dutch radio station 3VOOR12 that, “We don’t have a song with her yet – we’ve met her once. I think she’s taken to Twitter quite heavily with the fact that she’s meeting with us, and people now think that we’ve made the greatest song of all time, and it doesn’t even actually have a chorus yet, so we’ll see what happens.

“But she’s cool, yeah, we were in the studio yesterday, it was fun… But her Twitter was like ‘I’m going into the studio with Disclosure to make the greatest session of all time’, which was retweeted like 2000 times. We don’t normally mention when we’re going into the studio with someone, so we can avoid all this madness… Now all these blogs think we’ve made a masterpiece, but really, we just sat there eating sushi.”

The comments didn’t go unnoticed by Banks, who said in an interview with the AU Review over the weekend that, “they [Disclosure] were really rude in an interview so I canned it. I might leak it, though, and to be honest I’ve got better stuff on my record. It can be an F-side – a ‘fuck you’ side.”

Banks’s forthcoming LP Broke With Expensive Taste has been five years in the making and reportedly features collaborations with Pharrell and Theophilus London (besides the scrapped Disclosure collaboration), with Banks calling it “the most innovative record that hip hop has seen in the last ten years, and [will see] for the next 25 years. And I challenge Kanye West to that, I challenge whoever. Broke With Expensive Taste is the most forward, the most new…it’s now. I’m not even being biased, because I made it.”

Broke With Expensive Taste is set to be released in January 2014 by Interscope and Polydor (you can watch the video for first single Yung Rapunxel below). In the meantime, Banks revealed in the interview, she’ll also be releasing her follow-up Fantasea II mixtape as a full album – no release date has been announced as yet.