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Azealia Banks is going independent. 

On Twitter Thursday, Banks announced that she's been released from her recording contract with Universal Music. 

With her "fresh start," Banks joked that she will now be able to fulfill her childhood dream of being a "cool indie chick."  She also expressed her joy, writing "free at last." 

Her departure from Universal marks the end of a long-standing dispute between Banks and the label over her music.  Earlier this year, she publicly begged for Universal to release her.  

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