Azealia Banks

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Broke with Expensive Taste (2014), 6.5/10
Yung Rapunxel Pt II (2019), 6.5/10

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New York rapper Azealia Banks debuted with the single 212 (2011), an upbeat blend of rap and pop, the mixtape Fantasea (2012), which included the soulful Luxury, and the EP 1991 (2012).

Broke with Expensive Taste (2014) felt more like a career compilation than an organic album because it spanned so many genres and styles, from the disco-salsa fanfare of Gimme a Chance (produced by Enon and Oskar Cartaya), with a Shakira-infected break, to the Phil Spector-ian surf-rock of Nude Beach a Go-Go (produced and co-written by Ariel Pink). Ice Princess (produced by AraabMuzik) swings from a gloomy rap to a house beat; while Idle Delilah (produced by Pearson Sound) mixes dubstep and rhumba. For soul-music lovers the album provides the soulful Soda (produced by SCNTST) and Along The Coast (produced by Kaytranada). The best rap is probably Desperado, drenched in noir-jazzy atmosphere, and the worst the pointless single Heavy Metal and Reflective. The single Chasing Time became her signature song.

The album was followed by the mixtape Slay-Z (2016), which contains the single The Big Big Beat, and by the single Anna Wintour, another hodgepodge of styles.

The 30-minute tour de force of Yung Rapunxel Pt II (2019) was her most ambitious work yet.

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