There is no denying that 2012 has been a big year for Azealia Banks. With a string of critically-acclaimed releases, a high number of visually demanding music videos, as well as close ties with some of the fashion industry’s most prominent designers, the Harlemite made sure that her voice was heard far and beyond this year. Now, Ms. Banks is readying the oft-delayed yet highly anticipated debut album ‘Broke With Expensive Taste’, due early next year, which is set to further increase her rising reputation on the music scene but also to feature a trend-setting new sound for the future. We spoke to the 21-year old artist during her recent visit in Hong Kong to perform at the music festival Clockenflap and touched upon subjects like her favorite 2012 music release, her surprising opinion on rap music, the effect of branding on a recording artist’s career, some details on ‘Broke With Expensive Taste’. Expect some quotables as you watch the conversation above.

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