4.10.12 - New Music - Azaelia Banks
Azaelia Banks is one of those underground artist that gets so much buzz you can’t HELP but hear about them and a curiosity naturally develops.
Banks is a 20 year old artist from Brooklyn who is shaking up the hip hop community right now. She combines bits of singing and even goes so far as to rap over house beats, all the while creating something completely new and wonderfully fresh. She has been praised by tons of artists, and she even got Nichola Formichetti (Lady Gaga’s creative director and stylist) to direct a video for her. For someone who was unsigned at the time, that’s not nothing.
Her debut single, “212” (named after the area code where she is from) is stuck in my head right now. It is so catchy, so filthy, so fantastic. So far it has peaked at #14 in the UK, and it has done fairly well in some other European countries. I’m just waiting for her to come back to US soil and run shit here.
(warning: her language…and some of the words that end up on the screen during the video…are not safe for work. Like, REALLY not safe for work.)
Can’t stop listening. I can’t. I’m unable.