Album Review: Azealia Banks, Broke With Expensive Taste, 2014

Azealia Banks Performs In Berlin

(Crossposted from Rolling Stone, 11/19/2014)

Three years after breaking out with ‘212,’ Banks makes a bold EDM-rap statement

After a two-year standoff with Interscope, Azealia Banks triumphs with her self-released debut. She nods to club kids of all ages by infusing elements of jazz, deep house and U.K. garage into tracks like “Desperado” and “Chasing Time.” Her most impressive fusion, “Gimme a Chance,” starts with the bubblegum of Tom Tom Club and turns into a bilingual hip-hop joint brimming with Afro-Caribbean tumbao rhythms. This just might be the year’s boldest release. (3.5/5)

(NOTE:  I *personally* scored it 5/5 but unfortunately that rating is reserved for The Gods. Soon enough, Miss Banks, soon enough.)

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