Azealia Banks sparks a fight with riot police her video for “Yung Rapunxel.”
What goes on in Azealia Banks’ mind is as hard to predict as, well, we guess most people. We’re not mediums! But it doesn’t exactly take a psychic to intuit that Azealia wants to change the hip-hop game in a big way with her experimental sounds and trippy, surrealist videos. “Yung Rapunxel,” from her forthcoming Broke With Expensive Taste, is a prime example of that: a challenging, brash display of aggression and art.
Watch Azealia Banks’ “Yung Rapunxel” video after the jump.
Directed by Jam Sutton, “Yung Rapunxel” kicks off with an owl flying out of Azealia’s brain (yep, there’s no way to un-see that), while police with riot gear charge toward the Harlem rapper. Unflinching as always, Azealia doesn’t back down to the sight of countless officers (who honestly look like they’re this close to breaking out the tear gas). Nope, instead she just yells with mouths for eyes (no way to un-see that either) and viciously breaks a bottle over one of the riot officer’s heads. (Disclaimer: DO NOT DO THIS EVER.)
Azealia’s “Yung Rapunxel” producer, Lil Internet, went into further detail about the track’s chaotic, unconventional vibe with MTV Hive, saying, “It’s obviously not a conventional single and it’s not a conventional beat where it’s placeable in a neat genre category either. The real intention was for it to be something chaotic, something kinda to stir s*** up and burn s*** down and make room for a new start.”
Never one to keep thoughts to herself, “Yung Rapunxel” is clearly an imaginative representation of how Azealia feels about herself and what she’s capable of. “I think this was the song that really embodies the pinnacle of all the chaos and angst and anger at just the injustices and just how difficult it is to really exist in this world right now,” said Lil Internet. But we’re keeping our fingers crossed that Azealia’s previous social media beefs aren’t a gateway into full throwdown sessions with riot police — well, at least until her record officially drops. (But really, don’t do it.)
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