Azealia Banks, one of the artists tipped to make a huge impression in 2012, has signed a deal with Universal Music.

The New York rapper, who was hailed recently by Kanye West as the "future of music", posted to her Twitter account: "God just dealt me a new hand today a reaaaaallllllly good hand. I am now officially signed to Universal Music."

Banks' first Universal release is expected to hit the shelves in early summer and will play Whelan's on February 6th.