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Broke With Expensive Taste

Three years after breaking out with ‘212,’ Banks makes a bold EDM-rap statement

Azealia Banks

BERLIN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 26: American singer Azealia Banks performs live during a concert at the Huxleys on September 26, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Frank Hoensch/Redferns via Getty Images)

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After a two-year standoff with Interscope, Azealia Banks triumphs with her self-released debut. She nods to club kids of all ages by infusing elements of jazz, deep house and U.K. garage into tracks like "Desperado" and "Chasing Time." Her most impressive fusion, "Gimme a Chance," starts with the bubblegum of Tom Tom Club and turns into a bilingual hip-hop joint brimming with Afro-Caribbean tumbao rhythms. This just might be the year's boldest release.


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