Breaking onto the scene two years ago with her eccentric single “212,” Azealia Banks is a fierce femcee with an impressive resume for her age. She signed to XL Recordings at the age of 17, and was recruited to Interscope just three years later. She spits bold rhymes and broadcasts hardy fearlessness, yet maintains her femininity by channeling a mermaid alter ego and trumpeting her whimsical fashion sense. Emerging from a difficult childhood, Banks turned to creative outlets to unleash her emotional burdens. Instead of finishing high school, she chose to pursue her professional career, and now homegirl is one of the most influential women in contemporary hip-hop.