It’s carnival time! Azealia Banks’ new Hudson Mohawke and Nick Hook-produced track “Jumanji” dropped today, and with its joyous steel-drum refrain people are already calling it a summer anthem, despite being barely an hour into its hype life.
“Jumanji,” taken from her forthcoming Fantastic mixtape, showcases Banks spitting in a style that is reminiscent of her Harlem compatriots Dipset. But if you switched the locale to Brooklyn then her boast about being a “Real bitch, all day/ Uptown, Broadway” sounds like she’s karaoke-ing vintage Lil Kim. (And the Queen Bee might have reason to be a little perturbed at Banks, since Kim already tried the steel drums thing with her own “Caribbean Connection” back in 2008.)
Most importantly, “Jumanji” both avoids dropping Robin Williams references from the 1995 film and solidifies Banks’s potential to make poppy-rap that will appeal to the mainstream without — get this — dropping C-bombs. Now she just has to hope that her upcoming EP 1991 actually hits one of its scheduled release dates.