At 17, she switched from musicals to rapping, saving up her Starbucks money to record rambunctious rap cuts like “Gimme a Chance” under the name Miss Bank$. Those tracks caught the attention of super-producer Diplo, which in 2009 led to a development deal with XL, home to Adele and the xx; the relationship soured, though, and soon Banks sought safe haven with friends in Montreal, where she continued to work on her music, including the song that would become “212.” Did she know immediately that the song was a hit? “Kind of, yeah,” she replies between bites of black beans and rice. “Because of that house beat.” 
Jun 19, 2012 / 227 notes

At 17, she switched from musicals to rapping, saving up her Starbucks money to record rambunctious rap cuts like “Gimme a Chance” under the name Miss Bank$. Those tracks caught the attention of super-producer Diplo, which in 2009 led to a development deal with XL, home to Adele and the xx; the relationship soured, though, and soon Banks sought safe haven with friends in Montreal, where she continued to work on her music, including the song that would become “212.” Did she know immediately that the song was a hit? “Kind of, yeah,” she replies between bites of black beans and rice. “Because of that house beat.” 

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