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new Azealia Banks album fantasea ii feat

Following a Disastrous Recent TV Appearance, Azealia Banks Says Her New Album Is Canceled

Though she’s been controversial, to say the least, Azealia Banks’ 2012 seapunk debut Fantasea was rather well-received. This year was supposed to bring Fantasea II: The Second Wave, but it sounds like it’ll take longer to come out — if it does at all. The new Azaelia Banks album was canceled today, according to a post on the controversial rapper’s Instagram account.

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The cover of ‘Fantasea II: The Second Wave,’ the would-be new Azealia Banks album

News that this new Azealia Banks album has been canceled was shared via a terse post on her Instagram. Her statement reads, “Album is canceled. I need some time to relax and bounce on dick. I’ll release new music when I feel like it…”

Two singles had been released in advance of the new Azealia Banks album, “Anna Wintour” and “Treasure Island,” the latter of those having only come out July 6. (Both songs are still available on iTunes.)

This Fantasea II cancellation comes right after Banks shared a story of being treated poorly on the set of Nick Cannon’s MTV sketch comedy series Wild ‘N Out. On Instagram Banks said she had been brought on the show only to perform a song but was roped into a freestyle battle, in which she claims to have been hit by a barrage of “pre-planned colorist jokes,” which caused her to cry.

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Azealia Banks on the set of ‘Wild ‘N Out’

Azealia Banks writes, “I did Wild ‘N Out today. There were tons of pre-planned colorist jokes and of course …. crybaby cried. Some little scrawny black Atlanta twink was prepared for me. They planned this — hit me on short notice, told me I didn’t have to participate in the … freestyle battles (not my style) and I was to sing my song and go home.

“I show up and some guy who’s darker than me starts calling me ugly and being colorist, then all of a sudden a choir of the most disgustingly basic, local, cattlecall ‘urban’ pseudo comedic ‘fat because you sit in a chair all day’ greasy soul food-induced south of the Mason-Dixon, self hatred. … I’ve never felt so much hate and rage for anyone else than I did in that moment.”

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From Azealia Banks’ Instagram Stories

Later Banks took to Instagram stories to point out that had she made fun of Nick Cannon’s lupus, she would have been seen as the bad guy. Nick Cannon’s only comment was “Don’t you hate when you create your own storms but forget your umbrella?”

While many people came for Banks, particularly given her long history of picking fights online, Nick Cannon has yet to comment that she’s misrepresenting the situation in this case.

At least Banks’ experience wasn’t all bad. She mentioned that meeting Lil’ Yachty was fun, calling him “mad cool.”

Will Fantasea II ever come out? Will the new Azealia Banks album be something different, or will she abandon the album format altogether?