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Azealia Banks Covers Paper Magazine's Summer 2012 Issue

Posted Tuesday July 3, 2012 7:43 PM GMT

With her new mixtape "Fantasea" set to debut on July 11, Azealia Banks amped up promotions by gracing the cover of the Summer 2012 issue of Paper magazine.

Clad in an Alexander Wang shirt while holding a Todd Pearce for Love Bailey Bag, the 21-year-old Harlem native looked to be having a blast in the Emily Shur shot spread while opening up about topics including life in Los Angeles, the music industry and where she found inspiration to write her latest hit, "212".

Highlights from Miss Banks' interview are as follows. For more, be sure to pay a visit to Paper!

On writing her song "212":
"Nobody was listening to my music, I had been dropped from [the English record label] XL. My manager dropped me. My boyfriend left me. I was starting to accept that my career was never gonna happen. So the song was just me, like, 'F*** y'all. Y'all not gonna help me? I'm gonna help myself.'"

On the music industry:
"The music industry is like a machine, it's always going, and this new generation of artists - me, A$AP Rocky, Rita Ora - we're the fuel that's keeping it going. And once you get in that machine you've gotta run with it. There's a crazy inertia that's been going for years and years and years, and it's not gonna stop for you, so you've gotta keep f***ing working. The minute you stop working, that's when you get stuck in the gears. And that's when it grinds you up and spits you out."

On moving to California:
"For me there's three options of where to live: L.A., London and New York. London's too expensive and New York's too exciting: too many parties, too many of my friends. If I wanna make this my life I have to live somewhere I can work, somewhere I can focus. My album will not come out in September if I live in New York."

Photo Credit: Emily Shur for Paper