Music Monday: Azealia Banks

Azealia Banks
Azealia Banks

Azealia Banks aka Hip Hop’s Bratty Little Sister has finally dropped her new single “Heavy Metal and Reflective.” Which means she could be one step closer to actually dropping her début album “Broke With Expensive Taste” which has continuously been put on the backburners since 2012.

Listen Here

I don’t care for the song personally. Hopefully the lead single from the album is better.

 

 

I’m Still Waiting

Album Cover
Album Cover

I’m kind of over waiting for Azealia Banks to release her album. Originally, Broke With Expensive Taste was supposed to be released in 2012, then fall of 2012 and now they’re saying in February of 2014. Girl, get it together cause I’m done.

I was very much a fan at first. Loved your raw energy and sound. I think the videos now are lacking and I’m just not as impressed as I first was. I’ll give the album a chance when it leaks but I’m not expecting much in terms of a “Wow” factor. I’m not even love with her music videos anymore. I was watching her “Harlem Shake” video and I think she was swinging that Indique weave a little too hard because I saw tracks.

Honestly, no shade. I just think for someone who made a big stink with people back and forth, the album would have been out by now. Good luck Miss Banks!

It’s Beyoncè’s World And We’re Just Living In It

Who Run The World?
Who Run The World?

Despite being a buzz-track, “Bow Down” and “I Been On” has completely captured my heart. If changing her last name to Carter was Beyoncè’s way of saying I have a new sound, I think there are going to some happy fans out there. Hit-Boy and Timbaland produced the two tracks as a fusion hybrid style. Definitely flowing on the H-Town Swagger! Beyoncè is back and she’s keeping her reign as the Queen!

Listen Here:

SophistiRatchet? Ratchet?
SophistiRatchet? Ratchet?

If the rumors are true and from what I’ve heard….I’m also excited for the possible collaboration of  Lady Gaga & Bey on the track “Ratchet”. Speculated to appear  on the track as well is Rihanna and newcomer to the scene Azealia Banks. They’re version of Ratchet is the around the way girl who owns bamboo earrings at least two pairs!

I’m glad that Queen Bey is back and she’s snatching wigs…………I’ll always be a stan for Bey………

Say what about a maternity leave?
Say what about a maternity leave?

Azealia Banks aka Yung Rapunxel

Yung Rapunxel
                                                              Yung Rapunxel  

Femcee Azealia Banks known for her feuds with people such like Nicki Minaj and Jim Jones decided to give her fans a nice surprise. Two weeks early of the March 26th iTunes release, she dropped the newest single “Yung Rapunxel” off her debut album Broke With Expensive Taste due to drop this summer.

The Lil Internet produced track is really hard to describe. It’s inaudible for the most part but the futuristic beat with Banks low register rap skills is nothing short of amazing. I envision the video is going to be completely flawless since this is the lead single. Personally, I would love to see Jontè as the choreographer for the music video.

Check It Out Below:

Don’t worry, she’s still fighting with people Almost getting into a fist fight with the lead singer from Stone Roses while on tour in Australia and basically calling new Def Jam recording aritst Rita Ora “Rihanna’s Understudy”………..

 

Style Is A Simple Way Of Saying Complicated Things…..

Anna Wintour & Kristen Stewart at Balenciaga

Jean Cocteau has given me my mantra for the rest of 2012 and probably the rest of my life. The great thing about fashion is everything recycles itself at some point. Paris Fashion Week has been amazing to watch so far. Guy LaRoche, Balenciaga, and Thierry Mugler are giving me a new LIFE!!  Words really can’t describe how amazing these collections are. One thing I’ve noticed with PFW is the strong, structured elements of the garments. The drapery is not without purpose on how the garment falls on the models, even some of the pieces that are unstructured still have some sort of structure. PFW is just pure amazement, raw talent by some of the most talented designers in the world and pure inspiration.

Sporty Spice Meets All Things Nice

BALENCIAGA: For one moment, forget everything you “THINK”, you know about Balenciaga. Not being rude, just want you to look past the bags. From the innovative silhouettes, to the eye-catching shoes, futuristic designs, and unique prints that just all seem to flow together to make their collections amazing, Balenciaga is just that AMAZING!!! 

Ghesquière usually goes for a more masculine approach, typically going for cuts that are broader and lines that are boxier. This season he actually really embraced femininity and gave us ruffles. While, I’m not a big fan of ruffles and pleats, this collection makes me want to scream “RUFFLES ARE A GIRLS BEST FRIEND!!!” However, I’ll abstain from that because I have a slightly monotone voice and my excitement still sounds monotone. 🙂

The collection didn’t shy away from an over abundance of high cut hemlines that gave us an array of legs, similar to what we saw at Armani. When watching the show, I was also reminded of the late 80s and early 90s with bare midriff exposing suits.

Balenciaga Darling….Not Chanel!

If you are used to the prints that Balenciaga tends to use this season seemed to lack those. There was a strong use of black & white for the season but used complimentary with neutral shades that infused to the tweed fabric of choice.High slits, exaggerated tops, later on the show, the more patterned and colorful side of The House of Balenciaga is shown. Enjoy the show:

Guy LaRoche, this collection is very similar in the appeal of Gucci’s 2013 collection. A little more on the conservative side of things but still very glamorous and sexy. It screams minimalist but still sleek, chic and FRENCH. Knee length skirts with high collars and colors such as greens and purples were what we were seeing. I still really like it, there were some pieces that were ultra sexy. This is where the quote comes in I think. Style isn’t something you go out and buy because the designer says so. Style is something that comes from within that really shows and expresses how you are feeling. These collections aren’t necessarily for you to buy it look for look, piece for piece down to every detail, it’s for you to be inspired and take something away.

New York Nights, Paris Mornings
Nineteen Number Naughty Baby Press It On Yo’ Dial

One other thing that was really cool about the collections in general this season, the beauty aspect. Makeup was grungy, yet hair was reminiscent of a Veronica Lake era,but there was also a very 70s appeal to the hair that was classic Jerry Hall, Brooke Shields, Studio 54 chic.

It’s What The French Call “Classique”

I wish I could find a full link for you to enjoy the show but I wasn’t able. I hate watching the shows in parts and I wouldn’t want to inflict that on you.

Thierry Mugler: Welcome to the World of Mugler Handbags. We’ll get to that later. Nicola Formichetti is really hard at work, working on a way to put his vision into the brand. That’s the really tough part of going into a brand that is already known for a certain image, however, I really think he’s past the hit or miss phase with his collections. The one problem that I have with his pieces, how do you know if it’s a Gaga piece or not. Time will tell, right? The pieces in this collection are very wearable, structured pieces. There is an element to it that says “Rebel With A Reason”

To Chic For a Parisian Ghetto
There’s Something About a Mugler Girl
Mugler Document Clutch says “I Love You”

Remember, style is a way of making your impression on the world. Get inspiration from what speaks to you. These are aspects of style that I love. It’s inspiration on all levels, even if you take away the hair and makeup, you’ve learned a little something. Enjoy!!!

Introducing Miss Azealia Banks

This 21 year old rap diva from Harlem has captured my heart. I honestly forget how I stumbled upon her earlier this year….could have it been the song “L8R”? Where at 19 she was rapping about how great her genitals taste….oh wait…now I remember! A friend of mine posted the song “212” on his Facebook page. The lyrics “Ima ruin you CUNT” stood out to me.

In a short few months, I then quickly filled myself in on the Yung Rapunxel style. Let me tell you this girl can RAP n SING! Her style is something that is reminiscent of the 80s and 90s female emcees but with a modern twist. I enjoy all of her mix tapes. I wish her much success and can’t wait for her Interscope Records debut entitled “Broke with Expensive Taste”

Just a few songs from her that I think you might enjoy:

THE CHILLS
FUCK UP THE FUN
BAMBI
BARBIE SHIT
VAN VOGUE
LIQUORICE
FIERCE
RUNNIN’

Good luck to Miss Azealia Banks!!!