You need to hear Azealia Bank’s debut albumBy Editor
To make it up to this point Azealia Banks has had to take an eventful, if not bumpy, route: a rocky upbringing, an aborted acting career and, most recently, a couple of high profile Twitter beefs coupled with breaking free from her record label.
But what would Yung Rapunxel be without a bit of drama, ay? Well, an assistant in a Manhattan cattery or something, probably.
So, after a fairly uneventful 2014 from her end, Banks decided that without warning she would drop her debut album last Thursday, to the delight of critics and music buffs alike. Those unfamiliar with her work before may be wondering what all the fuss is about. Well, there are some very good reasons why you should get on Broke With Expensive Taste.
Sure, most students will be able to identify with the album's title, but don't worry; the record is much more than just a name. First and foremost, it’s a genre-buster. In fact, there is so much going on in BWET that it will require endless listens to get exactly what's going on.
One minute it's an icey garage beat, the next it's a bass-heavy dance pop banger. At one point it even goes surf punk via Ariel Pink's production in Nude Beach A Go-Go. Not wanting to sound like an old man recommending a Royal Variety Performance, but there really is something for everyone.
All her previous fracases have actually helped, but rather giving her some fuel for her lyrical content, she instead highlights how she has gone from strength to strength. In her latest single, Heavy Metal and Reflective, for instance, she demonstrates that he has become 'head bitch' , and repeatedly references the song's title - something she later would tweet as meaning indestructible.
With the Latino arrangement of Gimme A Chance, she even seamlessly sings a verse or two in full Spanish around a salsa beat. At times you do begin to wonder if there is nothing Azealia can't do.
Worryingly, there's every chance she'd be capable of implementing some form of Austrian yodeling during a breakdown on one of her B-sides.
It's been around 3 years since Banks broke through into the mainstream with her dance pop beast, 212, and in that time she dumped her old record label to make the album she wanted to. Was it worth the wait? Certainly, but Azealia, please don't make us wait that long again.