The Azealia Banks Guide to Putting Down the Most New York Anthem

By Azealia Banks

Photographed by Rob Kulisek

Styled by Ron Hartleben

August 27, 2021
Corset by Agent Provocateur. Pants by Hood by Air. Earrings (worn throughout) and Necklaces Azealia’s Own. Rings Stylist’s Own.

Every great city needs a soundtrack, and in 2011, Azealia Banks served one up to her hometown. Named after New York’s shiniest area code (condolences to the 917 crowd), the Harlem-born rapper‘s throbbing, genre-twisting turn-up “212” made her an instant star, with its filthy lyrics (“I guess that cunt getting eaten”), a ballroom-inspired beat, and Banks’s own magnetic bravado on full display in the track’s equally unforgettable video. Azealia Banks, who keeps that same energy on her latest single “Fuck Him All Night,” tells us how she did it, and how you can, too.


Step 1: Go to the 212.

Step 2: Get cunt eaten.

Azealia Banks
Azealia Banks
Vintage Pants by Dolce & Gabbana from Albright Fashion Library. Vintage Shoes by Tom Ford from Albright Fashion Library. Necklaces (worn on neck and waist) and Rings Stylist’s Own.

Step 3: Ruin bitches.

Step 4: Buy a megaphone.

Azealia Banks
Azealia Banks

Step 7: Couch hop.

Step 8: Drink vodka.

Top by Saint Sintra.

Step 9: Fuck him all day.

Step 10: Fuck him all night.

Hair: Kabuto at The Wall Group.

Makeup: Rommy Najor using Marc Jacobs Beauty.

Production: Perris Cavalier at The Morrison Group.

Photography Assistants: Kane E and Michale Ladner.

Fashion Assistant: Daniel Gaines.

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