Lily Allen: ‘My beef with Azealia Banks helped my songwriting’

'Sheezus' singer says she hadn't found her voice again until the feud

Lily Allen has said her beef with Azealia Banks helped her songwriting.

Allen, who releases her new album ‘Sheezus’ on May 5, has told The Sun that she hadn’t rediscovered her voice, following a hiatus to have children, until Banks insinuated that her kids were ugly during a feud on Twitter.

The resulting spat apparently helped Allen improve her songwriting ability. “I tried to write through my pregnancy with my youngest, but the hormones were really weird and it was just really forced and sounded terrible,” she explained.


She added: “Then it wasn’t until I stopped breastfeeding six months on [that] Azealia tweeted me on Twitter, that I was like, ‘Yes, you know who I am.’ I found my voice again, then I just bashed it all out. It was like two years of writing before I found it.”

Earlier this year Allen expressed worry that Kanye West might react negatively to her referencing his 2013 album ‘Yeezus’ with her new album title. The singer, who won Best Solo Artist at this year’s NME Awards With Austin, Texas, named her third album as an homage to the rapper.

‘Sheezus’ is due for release on May 5. See the full tracklisting below.

‘L8 Cmmr’
‘Air Balloon’
‘Our Time’
‘Insincerely Yours’
‘Take My Place’
‘As Long As I Got You’
‘Close Your Eyes’
‘URL Badman’
‘Silver Spoon’
‘Life For Me’
‘Hard Out Here’
‘Somewhere Only We Know’ (Bonus Track)