Azealia Banks

Azealia Banks’ ‘Broke With Expensive Taste’: Against All Odds, Worth the Wait!

Presumably the entire story will come out at some point, but the first impression you get on listening to Azealia Banks’ Broke With Expensive Taste, which finally arrived yesterday after two years of false dawns and inexplicable delays, is this: why on earth didn’t Universal just release the thing? Two years of Twitter fights, internecine beefing, and general obnoxiousness have all suggested that Banks isn’t exactly the easiest person to work with, but the ideas for this album have clearly been in place for ages, and it turns out that, after all the fighting and waiting and anticipation, this album is… good! It really is! … Read More

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With New Music and No Label, There’s Hope for Azealia Banks Yet

Today, Twitter beefmaster and onetime “one to watch” Azealia Banks released her second post-major label single, “Chasing Time.” On it, Banks returns to the house influences she navigated impressively in her 2012 mixtape, Fantasea, mixing them with fresh new sounds recalling the work of up-and-coming UK producer SOPHIE. But more than that, she channels her frustrations with Universal Music Group, which signed her in early 2012 to Interscope on the strength of single “212″ but delayed her debut LP into nonexistence, into its catchy chorus: “Am I chasing time? ‘Cause I wasted all mine on you/ Shut my watch, I had the future in my pocket/ But I lost it when I gave it to you.” Keep in mind, this is the label she begged to be dropped from, repeatedly, via Twitter. When she finally was dumped this past July, after two years and one EP (2012′s 1991), Banks declared, “Free at last.” … Read More

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Divas Being Leaders and Blowing Things Up in the Desert: A Music Video Treasury

Are you a badass lady with either an impressive vocal range, enviable rap flow, or some flashy couture you’ve been dying to wear under the oppressive heat of a thousand suns? Does your song have a sick beat? Do you want to prove your absolute, unassailable diva-hood by leading troops of loyal followers through the desert, then standing alone in a wide shot, sand and chaos swirling about you, while you remain calm as ever in the eye of the storm? Alternately, do you like music festivals and fluorescent colors? … Read More

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Azealia Banks Escapes the Clutches of a Symbolic Kidnapper in “Heavy Metal and Reflective” Video

After one of the most tempestuous beginnings-of-careers in recent memory, Azealia Banks liberated herself from what she seemed to think was… Read More

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“Heavy Metal and Reflective”: The Goofy, Sexy, Real Azealia Banks of “212″ Returns on Her First Post-Interscope Single

I was overwhelmed the first time I heard “212,” Azealia Banks’s raw and juicy debut single. My roommate showed me the video in the fall of 2011: a cute girl in braids and a Mickey Mouse sweater rapped excitingly dirty lyrics over an uptempo drum beat punctuated by horns, then she switched to a deep, raspy singing voice for the song’s bridge. She was both goofy, dancing around with a huge smile on her face, and tough, repeating lines like, “I guess that cunt gettin’ eaten” and “Bitch, the end of your life is near!” But catchy lyrics and catchy beats aside, the most intriguing part of the song and the girl was the assertion she yelled in the chorus: “Watchu gon’ do when I appear? When I premiere?” Talent and potential oozed out of her smacking lips, so we took those questions seriously. What were we going to do when she premiered? We had to wait and see. … Read More

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Listen to Azealia Banks’ First Single Since Leaving Her Label, “Heavy Metal and Reflective”

After none of her subsequent tracks could come near the perfection of “212,” it seemed like Azealia Banks was fated to… Read More

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A Guide to Celebrities Who Are the Absolute Worst On Social Media

Ah, yes, celebrities: they’re just like us. Which means some of them are just as annoying as your aunt on Facebook, as unnecessarily cranky as your old college roommate on Twitter, and as insufferable as your #humblebrag colleague on Instagram. They’re basically The Worst, with the icing on the cake being that they have a built-in web audience since they’re celebrities. Here’s a guide to the worst offenders, from Ted Nugent to Jason Biggs to… Read More

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