By Sidney Madden
Azealia Banks is playing hard to get with her fans. The feisty Harlem MC took to Twitter and UStream Tuesday morning to announce that the release date of her highly anticipated track, “Yung Rapunxel," from her upcoming debut album, Broke with Expensive Taste, is being pushed back to March.
This is the second time Banks has moved her release date. The song and subsequent album were originally set drop in September 2012 but were moved to today, February 12, 2013. Since the 2011 release of her single, “212” featuring Lazy Jay, the spunky rhymer with a model frame has been on a roll, even with a few speed-bumps in the way. From collaborating with Diplo and Styles P to singing at Karl Lagerfeld’s birthday party, the 21-year-old artist has been in high demand.
Known for her waist length weaves, catchy beats and unapologetic attitude, Banks has never been shy about boasting her skills. Although a braggadocios demeanor comes standard in the rap game, Banks has found herself in many a spat, mostly in the form of Twitter beefs with fellow female MC’s; Angel Haze, Lil Kim, and Kreayshawn to name just a few.
But even with the social media drama, Banks has showed no signs of letting naysayers slow her down. Her first EP 1991 followed by the 2012 mixtape Fantasea has not only integrated hip house (a mix of hip-hop and house music) to a broader market, but has also showed that she has international appeal (both works were released overseas in the UK before making their way to the states).
But with a list of club bangers already under her belt, why is Banks slowing on her momentum now?
Banks had been hinting about the new track online, tweeting about late night studio sessions. She proclaimed, “I CAN'T WAIT FOR YOU GUYS TO HEAR #YUNGRAPUNXEL” adding “#YUNGRAPUNXEL IS MAJOR” on Sunday. But in this morning’s one hour UStream session with her fans, she announced that she would be pushing back her release date yet again. She reassured her audience in the chat that it would drop “in March."
What are fans expecting from the “official” freshman track? Subdivided beats over fast rhymes are her forte and Banks has often described her lyrical prowess as “So New York…so raw." So, based on her track record, we’re anticipating nothing less than straight fire. But are the high expectations getting to Banks just as she’s approaching her mainstream tipping point? And with another delay, will the fire of her fans burn out before she can get there?
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