It’s been nearly three years. Three years of label fiascos, twitter rants, and not so tasteful celebrity beefs. Despite the odds not being aligned in the Harlem native’s favor, Azealia Banks has finally provided us all with a delicious delicacy: the debut of her new album Broke with Expensive Taste.
The announcement was simply made through a bubbly tweet stating: "Voila!!!! Here it is…" to her fan base of over 523,000 twitter followers. For many of her twitter followers, music lovers, critics, and fans the release of Broke with Expensive Taste is long delayed or in other words, extremely past due. The truth of the matter is, the 23 year-old’s new album is anything other than a broke, distasteful, musical disaster but rather a priceless, popping album filled with a cacophony of styles. The album might as well have been named Broke with “Expansive” Taste, the way Banks blended a plethora of various musical elements ranging from – dubstep, Caribbean, house, electronica, gangsta rap, and indie rock to smooth merengue and Spanish flamenco.
After pressing play for the first time and listening to the album all the way through, many should expect to be taken on a whimsical ride through Azealia Bank’s mind and the dynamic aspects of New York that make her “Oh, so Harlem!”
For those of you who may not know a thing or two about the multi-talented artist, she began pursuing her interest in musical theatre while studying at the LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts. She later dropped out to focus on her music career; adopting the moniker Miss Bank$ and releasing music through Myspace. This caught the attention of XL Recordings, which signed her at the age of 17. From there, she went on in 2012 to release her most known single to date “212” and her first mixtape Fantasea,which both received raved reviews and critical acclaim. Fast forward to now, and Azealia Banks is still taking risks and playing by her own rules. Earlier this year, she was released from her contract with Universal granting her the possession and rights to the work she released with Interscope. Despite the musical feuds and three year hiatus of no album, Broke with Expensive Tasteis finally here and we couldn’t be more excited. Dinner is finally served. Bon appétit!
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