With her newest and first officially released EP, titled 1991, Azealia Banks shows us that she is certainly no fluke. The 4 song EP was released in late May on Universal (Interscope in the US and Polydor in the UK). The opening track, “1991,” has that familiar dance beat feel that she has become known for rapping over. Her voice bounces on and in between the beats, spitting a perfectly placed Tribe Called Quest quote, “Do dat, do dat, do do dat dat,” over some very cool pitched vocal samples. Banks just goes so hard that it really doesn’t matter how distracting the beat is. She controls the song no matter what’s behind her.
Track two is called “Van Vogue,” another hard dance beat with some odd samples. Banks raps, “if she ain’t know the bitch know now,” leading into some smoothly done vocals, by her of course. The song ends, in true bizarre Banks fashion, with a chopped and screwed monologue, where she (I think it’s her) talks shit and laughs. And she is just about as close to a professional shit talker as they come.
Third track is her already released single, “212,” that caught the attention of so many late last year. It hasn’t lost any of its vulgar charm. And I still believe her when she says, “Ima ruin you cunt.” Closer, “Liquorice,” might be the strongest track on the whole EP. She’s pretty much rapping about bagging rich guys, but in between she reminds us of how good of a singer she is, toning down the crudeness slightly for the softer R&B vocals. Azealia Banks still knows how to punch out lines though, rapping “Hey, I’m the liquorice bitch, you know I’m lookin for these niggas if these niggas is rich, I make hits mothafucka , do you jiggle ya dick, when ya bitch pop singing on the liquorice hit?” So, Metrojolt readers, do you jiggle ya collective dicks at Banks, or that pop singer she speaks of? Hopefully Banks. Stream the full EP over at Hypetrak, or buy it on iTunes.
212 (featuring Lazy Jay)