I was knocked on my ass the first time I heard “212.” The track featured Harlem lady Azealia rapping tightly over a grimy house beat, and she had a killer mouth.
Young Banks makes you perk up in your chair when you hear all the body fluids she mischievously raps about. The track had been out for a few months already, and I was just sad I hadn’t heard it yet. By that point I couldn’t go telling everyone about it–because they already knew.
Sure enough, Azealia had already blown up the internet, turning the heads of Diplo, Machinedrum and Toronto beat monster Lunice. Even six months after “212″ dropped, Banks was shaking hands and making big moves on what was basically one song. Though she had other music on the way, she was blowing up too fast. Her official studio project 1991 EP and mixtape Fantasea weren’t out yet.
Azealia endured the negative side of her hype. Anyone watching her Twitter feed during those months saw the criticism she was dealing with just for being buzzworthy. Too many people were saying she didn’t deserve the attention she was getting.
But with 1991 EP now in stores everywhere and the whole rap world watching, the 21 year old is just about ready to let go the dumptruck on anyone with a big mouth. “Nathan” features a collab with hood legend Styles P. Fantasea is out July 11th.
“I’m that rap girl who’s out here and doesn’t have another rapper behind her, but she’s got all this mouth and she’s all over the place. So [this collaboration] was cool for me [because I'm like] ‘What ya’ll gonna say now, when I bust out with that Styles P record?’ Ya’ll not gon’ call me fake and make fun of me for having one song. Yeah, I make a lil dance music and ya’ll got jokes, whatever — watch when I come out with the Styles P record.” (via)
She ain’t exaggerating.