Azealia Banks made her US debut at Coachella last weekend, and proved that she’s a force to be reckoned with. She came back for week two of the music festival and commanded an even larger audience thanks in part to #AzealiaBanks trending on twitter and word spreading like wildfire about this relatively unknown female MC.
She raps at lightning speed and trills through a 30-minute set completely live. I’d pay good money to see Nicki Minaj actually perform live for that long.
Azealia was born in Harlem, New York but her dad is from Barbados, which is evident in Azealia’s thick Barbadian accent. When she talks, she draws up references to Rihanna, but it’s less of a comparison and more of a “Look, I sound like Rihanna too, you decide which one of us you like better?” Right now, I’m rooting for Azealia.
Her stage presence is full of swagger and crotch grabbing and her 90’s inspired outfit of shiny pleather short-alls and a neon fishnet top drew up comparisons to Lil Kim, while her vibrant fuchsia hair screamed Nicki Minaj.
The crowd-pleasing portion of her set came when she broke into her internet sensation single “212.” The song debuted on youtube in September and has been making the rounds amongst web savvy music lovers.
The entire audience chanted along to her scandalous single. Props to anyone to get an afternoon crowd of Coachella-ites to chant “Imma ruin you *$*%” especially since the Coachella demographic is mostly well-mannered suburban kids who came to see Bon Iver.
Azealia is making the transition from indie internet star to full fledged rap sensation. She ditched her indie label and signed with Universal Music in January and she just signed with Lady Gaga’s manager, Troy Carter.
Her first full-length album “Broke with Expensive Taste” is expected to drop in September.