A theater geek with a supportive mom who went to the same high school as Liza Minnelli and Al Pacino hardly sounds like the future of female MCs. However, combining her theater roots with a sick flow puts Azealia Banks in the perfect place to give every girl in the game a run for their money.
This 20-year-old Harlem rapper started out working her way toward an Oscar or a Tony, but disappointing auditions and Shawty Lo’s “Dey Know” remix inspired her to put down the scripts and pick up a mic. Good thing she did, in the past few years Azealia has collaborated with Major Lazer, made NME’s “Cool List”, was nominated for BBC’s Sound of 212 poll, had a hit single with “212” and recently released another club banger, “Liqorice”, which is an ode to licorice ladies who have an eye out for vanilla if you know what I mean. While her sound and energy remind me of Nicki Minaj meets one of the kids from Glee, Azealia’s style is straight Harlem girl next door.
Azealia Banks is not your average lady rapper, so it would only follow that her style is on the above side of average as well. I’d hate to burst your bubble but, Azlealia’s style is so average that it’s refreshing. Instead of going hip-hop Barbie on us and sporting anything bright and tight, she keeps it true to her age and her personality with kicks, tees, cut offs, and creepers. She comes off more like the cool chick that sits in the back of the class and happens to rap, not like some manufactured future sex symbol. By shunning the expected “ride or die” chick image, Azealia’s lyrics are able to take center stage making it even more shocking when this girl next door drops the c-bomb. Not that is isn’t a gorge girl who doesn’t enjoy glamming it up every now and then, she just doesn’t glam it up by pushing her boobs and butt in the camera.
Peep Azealia Banks killing it in her videos, her latest release “Liqorice” and her sick cover of Interpol’s “Slow Hands”–seriously, this girl is like Santigold meets Lil Kim and is a woman after my own heart–and you tell me who you think will be blowing up the musical space in 2012.
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