Unless you’ve been living in an alternate reality over the past year, the chances are that you’ve probably heard something about the fierce aquababe known as Azealia Banks. Perhaps you’ve heard the obsessive rap track 212 on the airwaves, or featured in box office movies like Pitch Perfect? If not, you’ve most probably stumbled over a few of her infamous feuds on Twitter; messily battling it out with some of the most famous faces of the generation: Perez Hilton, Rita Ora, The Stone Roses and Nicki Minaj – she’s a force to be reckoned with.
But, maybe something you didn’t know about the Harlem rapper is that she’s been working on her debut album Broke With Expensive Taste, which is about ready to drop in the coming months. With a successful EP and an idolised mixtape under her belt, we’re about ready to taste the full length of her musical talent. Lucky for us, it’s time. Banks has recently released the lead single from her highly anticipated album: YUNG RAPUNXEL; and something’s telling me that the world isn’t ready for this.
But it had better prepare! The beat-heavy track seems satanic, to a degree. It’s rap, it’s screamo, it’s luxurious and it’s tasteful. I’m not the biggest fan of rap music, and I’m not a fan of screamo, but this song is on another level – the sounds of the future; it’s nothing like anything that you’ve ever heard before. “Who’s cooler than this… witch?” The track about sums up the fierce arrogance of the girl who’s “too New York” for the industry, as she claims, and presents the raving mad thoughts that are bouncing around inside the 21-year old’s head. After tweeting pics from the set of the video, red contact lens and all, we’re slightly worried that this song, accompanied with the fresh video, will be genuinely hypnotic.
Banks is one to watch, with her new video for the song being released “very, very soon” and her album being dropped later this year, she’s going to be plastered all over the media. Recently performing with The Prodigy at the Future Music Festival, she’s accumulating a high status in the collaboration world, working with names like Lady Gaga and Beyoncé… Banks is, love her or hate her, here to stay – and we’re all waiting on the edge of our seats to see what she’s going to do next!