Azealia Banks continues to impress by selecting up and coming producers to further explore her unique place within a massive gap in the music industry right now – solid female rappers! Yes, I know you may have a few to call out in response, but those bitches used to dominate the airwaves.
‘BBD’ is a bit less of a throwback track, even if it does sample ‘Trap Shit V9′ by UZ. It’s more of a sinister sexy romp through a dimly lit club in the wee hours of the evening. Initially thought to be the first single from the forthcoming Broke With Expensive Taste debut by Ms. Banks, she later revealed the lead track was indeed called ‘Miss Amor,’ and yet to be released.
‘BBD’ is lacking the strong balance of hook-y choruses and rapriff’s that I loved so much from it’s predecessors ’1991′ & ’212.’ Let’s see what Azealia cooks up on ‘Miss Amor,’ hopefully a more solid lead single.
It is our pleasure to present you with Zowie‘s latest mix tape ‘Bad-Ass Bitch.’ On the delightful 30-minute mix she fuses together a range of female artists who delight us with their feisty attitudes and killer tracks.
She takes us back with some vintage TLC, adds fresh cuts from the likes of Rihanna and Azealia Banks, and drops in the divine The Slips remix of her own feisty single ‘Smash It.’ Get your Monday started off right and grab this fine salute to some of the most Bad-Ass Bitches in the game!
These female artists are all full of sass and intelligence and I admire each of them for different reasons. There is a dirty hip hop vibe to this mix tape which was inspired by releasing our free hip hop nasty track ‘You Did The NONO’ a couple of weeks ago and opening for Nicki Minaj on the same night! We wanted each track to flow in a way where it sounded like the song before was part of the next song rather than a stop start tape.
1. M.I.A – XR2
2. Kid Sister – Right Hand High
3. Rihanna – Cockiness
4. Azealia Banks – 212 (feat Lazt Jay)
5. Zowie – Smash It (The Slips Remix)
6. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Gold Lion (Nick Zinner Remix)
7. Peaches – Billionaire
8. Rihanna – Fresh Off The Runway
9. TLC – Silly Ho
Clearly Corona’s 1993 euro-hit song, The Rhythm of the Night, merged with Lil’ Kim’s dirty-frisky 2003 rap-hit Magic Stick – ignore the innuendo, if you please – to birth an ever so necessary 1991: Azealia Banks’ debut Hip / Hop – 90’s dance craze original flashback EP. The stellar fact that the title pays homage to her birth year, a time when Marky Mark was on top of the Billboard Hot 100 charts with Good Vibrations, Elizabeth Taylor married husband number seven, Madonna was “justifying her love” and while the “cool kids” were listening to Nirvana, the cooler kids were mourning the loss of Paradise Garage, simply clarifies that Azealia has no fear when it comes to becoming the first fierce disco-rap queen.
The singer has successfully incorporated notions from many of today’s female pop stars (and their outlandish performance art behaviors), with the pure simplicity and beauty that is Azealia Banks – almost like the pure simplicity and beauty that is a “chocolate croissant” – which she name drops to describe a “cool French dude named Antoine” in the title track, 1991. The track is a sure-fire hit and its R&B dance beats are most reminiscent of The Nightcrawler’s 1992 meca-dance smash, Push The Feeling On meets the recently ultra-revisited, yet amazing, Show Me Love by Robin S.
Van Vogue is track two and is the experimental / unusual attempt. It’s the “rappy” one on the EP, yet it’s got a Madonna She’s Not Me / Love Spent vibe in that the song splits into two completely different musical stories, or, in this case, two separate human beings. It’s fun, androgynous and filled with cusses, but definitely not a favorite.
Alluding to the area code that pre rules 646 and 917, and the three digits many New Yorkers would give their first born away for, 212 is a bonafide Summer 2012 anthem – although Azealia’s coveted tune came out via Youtube video late last summer. The song is so hot that it’s indescribable. A must listen for any music-lover, particularly any New York City self-proclaimed music adorer. “I guess that BLEEP,” (“Look it up” *sly eye gesture*) “getting eaten” might be our mantra this year. That and Madonna’s infamous “Look It Up” reference.
Liquorice closes the sixteen minute and six second EP with the surest guarantee that Azealia will not be going anywhere anytime soon. “Hey, I’m the Liquorice bitch,” proclaims Miss. Banks as a fusion of house music, howls and Jamiroquai-coolness gallop behind the rapper quick paced articulations. Something tells us you just might be more than that, Azealia.
Make sure to grab the free Fantasea mix tape right here.
After a bit of delay, Azealia Banks released her debut mix tape called Fantasea. Dowload the 19 track collection which features heaps of previously unreleased material. The set also includes recent ‘leaks’ - Aquababe, Neptune and Nathan. We’re still loving the 1991 EP, which is available now. Early 90′s house influences make us just a bit giddy.
“Fantasea is almost kind of a first album of sorts….but it happened by mistake…. It’s weird. This is a test run… I tried a lot of cool things… Sounds I thought were progressive, beats made by close friends, different flowsss”