14 May AZEALIA BANKS – Jumanji (Prod. By Hudson Mohawke & Nick Hook)
Yes, I subscribed to Azealia Banks on Facebook. What can I say? I was intrigued. But on further inspection I was subject to constant wall photos posted by Banks of her in nice dresses or being innocently playful on her hotel bed. I was puzzled as for someone that throws up pictures of her being all cutesy and innocent she comes up with some of the rawest lyrics and delivers them with an aggressive attitude. There is nothing like the extreme irony she displays in the music video for her track “212″, in which she is wearing a mickey mouse tee, blowing bubblegum and wearing piggy tails whilst rapping “I guess that c**t getting eaten”. Everything about her is cheeky and I love it.
She has been extremely smart in both her marketing and selection of producers. Getting with Lazy Jay to produce “212”, getting with Diplo to make the party jam “Fuck Up The Fun” and now teaming with one of my personal favourites; Hudson Mohawke. Her new offering “Jumanji” is once again classic Azealia, with her unique vocal stylings rocking over a killer beat. If you are at Splendour In The Grass this year I heavily suggest you check out Azealia Banks because apparently she absolutely killed it at Coachella.
Oh and by the way, Hudson Mohawke managed to add in a few Calypso elements into the track. I was pretty chuffed with that.
REVIEW BY HUW NOLAN