Azealia Banks
1991


4.5
superb

Review

by Filling USER (2 Reviews)
June 13th, 2012 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: What you gon' do when I appear?

Since late 2011, Azealia Banks has garnered waves of attention for her cocky yet playful personality, delivery of catchy hooks that’d make your mother blush, and even a minor, possibly false feud with a longstanding queen of rap. Yet there’s more to her than just any hype that she’s been surrounded by. “212”, her first official single, was accompanied by an incredibly fun yet simple music video that showed Banks’ personality, style, and lyrical breeziness in spades. Bolstered by a sample of Lazy Jay’s “Float My Boat”, the clubby, electro-hop song was rewarded with critical praise, in addition to gaining her a solid fanbase, including celebrities such as Karl Lagerfeld. And on the 1991 EP, her first official release, Azealia Banks shows that she’s firmly capable of continuing her ascension to the top of wherever it is she wants to be.

Half of 1991 has been heard previously for months now, but all four songs here sound invigorating, from the opening title track come on of “Oh la la la, flirting with a cool French dude named Antoine” to the final moments of skittering beats and synths utilized in “Liquorice.” The songs here hone in on elements from references such as New York’s ball scene (a niche of gay culture that focuses on voguing and other various arts of dance, music, & fashion) in “Van Vogue”, to the club-ready sounds of today (especially “Liquorice,” which uses Lone’s “Pineapple Crush” as backing for Banks’ borderline arrogant, yet charismatic rapping.) Banks’ more playful side is shown here as well, especially in the outro/skit present at the end of “Van Vogue.” Most, if not all of Banks’ boasts here seem rightfully earned based on what she’s delivered so far, and she’s all the more likable for every effective way she’s able to phrase the common topics she addresses (standard rap fare such as money, having sex, and being better than you at whatever it is Banks may be doing.)

Ultimately Banks is still a developing artist, and while her style may change completely at any given moment, as long as her personality and wit remains intact she’ll glide with ease through whatever it is she decides to do. The interest she’s gained so far is fitting for someone with a sound and personality like hers, and hopefully her upcoming mixtape and debut album (Fantasea and Broke With Expensive Taste, respectfully) lives up to the highs she’s made for herself. “This ***’s been mine,” indeed.


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Filling
June 12th 2012


8 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

My first review :o

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
June 12th 2012


31475 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Still need to check this out

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sportsboy
June 13th 2012


640 Comments


My first review :o

damn pos'd as fuck, you got skill
i also must check this out

mrbloke
June 13th 2012


200 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good first review.

I've already heard "212" and "Liquorice" a while ago. Still digging it.

DoubtGin
June 13th 2012


6752 Comments


i bet 212 screws up the rest

Filling
June 14th 2012


8 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks guys :3

And 212 is still probably the best thing she's made so far but it fits well on here

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
June 14th 2012


15068 Comments


great EP

i think the title track is almost as good as 212

FelixCulpa
June 15th 2012


1240 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice review, especially for a first. Pretty good ep.

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
June 30th 2012


7026 Comments


i want to be her

BonRurgundy
June 30th 2012


352 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Off to a good start. But she is awful live.

DirEnRefused
June 30th 2012


2237 Comments


She's so, so hot.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
December 7th 2012


7431 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review.

This lady is incredibly versatile. 212 is one of my favorite songs of the year.

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Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
December 7th 2012


7026 Comments


it was released last year

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 7th 2012


31475 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

But he didn't say what year!

greg84
Staff Reviewer
December 8th 2012


7431 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

where did you get the info it's from 2011. Every source I've checked says 2012.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
December 8th 2012


15068 Comments


it doesnt really matter 212 was definitely released last year

i remember very clearly it coming out too

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
May 14th 2013


22034 Comments


idk about this but Yung Rapunxel is really good. I really like that intense (ish) & discordant style
of hip hop

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Tyrael
January 30th 2014


20945 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Liquorice is still pure gold

damn

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Chrisjon89
November 8th 2014


3833 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

new one sounds cool so far. and 212 is on and still awesome.

Chrisjon89
November 8th 2014


3833 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i'm not a huge fan of this beyond 212. with all the delays/drama I wasn't expecting much but the new LP is very very impressive



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