Tuesday, August 14, 2012


Artist: Azealia Banks

The beginning of this year has seen just the (beginning of the ) rise of one Miss Azealia Banks, who made a big-ish splash with her potty-mouth first single, the extraordinary "212."  She released a four-track EP including the debut track as well as noteworthy tracks "Liquorice" and "Van Vogue."

We're still waiting for what is said to be the debut single from her upcoming full-length album, but in the meantime she's given us a variety of Twitter wars, beefs with the likes of T.I., Nicki Minaj, and somebody named Jim Jones, but MORE importantly, a mixtape of older material that I found a couple gems off, and most recently... a brand NEW mixtape called "FANTASEA" that could be a debut album in it's own right.

Mixtapes are usually a... ahem, mixed bag, but what makes FANTASEA worth mentioning is that not only is it continuing hype for her debut, further demonstrating her insane rapid-fire flow, but also shows the wild, all-over-the-place influences of this very young hip-hop talent.  I'm not much of a rap fan, but "FANTASEA" excels by simply having Azealia spit her flow over an increasingly interesting set of backing tracks, many that reference a lot of 90's house.

I've been hearing a return to 90's sounds in popular music, and maybe Azealia is the final bridge to this.    Take a listen to "FIERCE" with it's "Paris is Burning" dialogue lifts, or "Esta Noche," which uses a backing track by Munchi which infuses house beats with Montell Jordan's "Get it On Tonight."  Pretty amazing.

You can listen to all of "FANTASEA" on her website, the colorfully named Kunt.FM.

I think we're all going to be hearing a lot about Azealia Banks.  You ready?

WeCast recommendation... listen to the below tracks and then hit the "Liquorice" at the top of the post and watch the video.  This girl is a STAR.



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