Rival stars can breathe a sigh of relief
Michael Baggs

09:45 24th April 2013

Azealia Banks has ended her reign of tyranny on Twitter, sensibly handing control of her Twitter account over to her management after endless rants and offensive tweets.

The rapper has clashed with a number of individuals on the social network, including fellow rapper Angel Haze and Perez Hilton, plus posted a number of offensive messages about other stars during the early days of her career. Banks has also deleted every tweet she has every written in an attempt to start with a clean slate.

"My days of twitter terror are about to be over,” she posted in her last personal Twitter update. “I have to turn over my password."

Even this post has now been deleted, and despite her Twitter page revealing she has posted 17,000 tweets in her time, the only posts online at time of publishing this story are three links to Instagram posts.


Where's the hate? Where's the venom? Banks' Twitter is now a very different place

Banks has made more of a name for herself more with her Twitter behaviour than with her music, having had more clashes than hit singles. Most recently she made a gay slur against A$ap Rocky over comments he made, claiming dark-skinned women should avoid wearing red lipstick.

Azealia hit back, on Twitter. "Lol @ A$ap Rocky's lipstick advice," she wrote. "Some people should just come out of the closet."

Azealia Banks previously came under fire for making homophobic comments against US celebrity Perez Hilton, calling the blogger a 'messy faggot' and suggesting he 'kill himself' in a string of messages. She later apologised for her use of the word. An official statement from GLAAD criticised Banks' language.

"Banks' claim that the word 'f**got' doesn't mean a gay male is not true. Regardless of her intent or her personal definition, what matters is the meaning given to that word by those who hear it, and the damage it causes when they do," says a statement from the organisation.

Below: the coolest women in music, 2013 - does Azealia Banks make the cut?

Iggy Azalea: Australian hip-hop recording artist Iggy Azalea may have a similar name to another Azealia, but that's where the comparisons end. The 22 year old has been taking the world by storm, with super hot tracks and a fashion sense to match. Plus, she's the face of House of Holland eyewear, and we're not sure it gets any cooler than that.

Solange: Forget about the 'Beyonce's little sister' label, because Solange is a star of her own making. Ramping up her indie cred this year with appearances at Glastonbury, Pitchfork, Field Day and Primavera - among many others - the dreamy 2012 hit 'Losing You' had an appeal that was retro without being dated. 'Cool' could very well be an understatement.

Haim: BBC's Sound of 2013, when Haim aren't releasing their own refreshing take on folk-rock, they're covering obscure B-sides from The Strokes and (we presume) spending time with Jay-Z - seeing as they're signed to his hip label Roc Nation. Not only that, but there's nothing fake about these girls, including Este's onstage off-colour humour. Don't find it funny? Haim don't care.

Savages: Angry, raw, and most of all they don't care about what you think - Savages are exactly the kind of post-punk band that terrify us in a good way. From the cryptic manifesto on their website to the black and white aesthetic, Savages have the kind of image that seems effortless - except that no one else would ever be able to pull it off.

Natasha Khan: Suspended from school for bad behaviour (is there anything cooler?) Natasha Khan turned it all around with Bat For Lashes, including being nominated for a Mercury Prize twice and four BRIT awards, making it clearly only a matter of time until she wins. Plus, she plays piano, bass, guitar, synthesiser, autoharp, percussion, xylophone AND sings. Super cool.

Deap Vally: It's a good year for girl bands, and Deap Vally are yet another group flying the flag high. The Californian rock duo met at a needlework class and their music turned out scuzzy in the best way. Giving interviews about knitting and rocking out - apparently in THAT order - who else can combine crocheting and rock music and have it turn out this overwhelmingly awesome? We'd bet no one.

Alex Locastro: Formerly Kitty Pryde, now apparently going by Alex Locastro, she went viral on the internet a year ago with her song 'Okay Cupid', which featured lazy, self-deprecating rapping over a dreamy beat - and managed to hit No 12 on Rolling Stone's Songs of 2012. Since then, Alex/Kitty has released a number of EPs and is getting better and better - and cooler and cooler - while still half-refusing to take any of this seriously at all.

Karen O: The Yeah Yeah Yeahs have been around for 13 years, and yet continue to be just as relevant as ever - frontwoman Karen O most of all. She's a style icon who also contributes to a number of more obscure projects other than the Yeah Yeah Yeahs; Karen's contributed backing vocals to Flaming Lips, David Lynch and Santigold, as well as collaborating with Swans. She's also directed music videos and composed the entire soundtrack for Where The Wild Things Are. So cool.

Icona Pop: The Swedish DJ and synth duo are a much needed breath of fresh air in pop music right now, with global smash 'I Love It' being quite possibly one of the best pop songs we've heard in a long time, and maybe one of the better electro tracks too. Being described as 'effortlessly cool', we'd absolutely have to agree - just look at them.

Aluna Francis: One half of duo AlunaGeorge, Aluna is on the up and up as AlunaGeorge are attracting more attention - with no visible end in sight. One of the hottest bands in R&B right now, Aluna performs in glittery underwear and - unlike equally unclothed Rihanna - oozes sexuality without even trying. With a voice like that, there's really nothing stopping her.

A*M*E: Ready to feel totally inferior to a teenager? We hope so, because 18 year old A*M*E has achieved more now than we probably ever will. She's already got a No 1 single - albeit in South Korea, although she's heading for the top of the UK charts - and she totally overshadowed both Jessie J and The Wanted when touring with them. Also look at her dress sense - why couldn't our teenage photos look like that?

Lauren Mayberry: The youngest member of Scottish electropop band Chvrches isn't just intimidatingly cool but also intimidatingly smart - she's got a law degree, a master's in journalism and wrote her dissertation on the idea of femininity and women's writing. Add in the fact that she cares about the lyrics in pop songs and has one of the most emotionally resonant voices we've heard, and she is definitely hitting all the cool targets. Bullseye, in fact.

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