This week the outspoken (or, if you will, “Tweet-happy”) Harlem MC Azealia Banks released her EP 1991, with the title serving as a reference to the year she was born and a hint as far as the predominant aesthetic of the title track. If you remember that year’s housier hits—”Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless),” “Strike It Up,” and so on—you might get a bit of a deja-vu vibe while listening to this track, which has wobbly keyboards, thumping bass, and Banks taking on a slightly more menacing tone than she did on last year’s bonkers “212.” Will it come out of car windows all over the city? Listen below.
After her Summer Jam set this Sunday, Banks hosts the Mermaid Ball, with appearances by House of Ladosha and Maluca, at the Bowery Ballroom. Tickets sold out pretty quickly and are already going at markup prices! God bless capitalism.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 29, 2012