Azealia Banks – “Ice Princess”

Azealia Banks: Famous for being outspoken, that “212” song, and album delay after album delay after album delay.

Ordinarily an artist would want to have their album released fairly soon on the heels of a hit, but it wasn’t until about three years after “212” hit the airwaves that Broke with Expensive Taste was finally released by Banks herself, mainly due to ongoing label issues. I know what you’re thinking: career-ender. Am I right?

Wrong. Turns out delays aren’t always career suicide if you have quality music to back them up. “Ice Princess” is just as catchy as “212” without being a direct imitation, and the video happily reminds me of Missy Elliott back in the day – no hip hop hoes and plenty of original imagery to keep the viewer interested from beginning to end (you know, like a Medusa riding a snake, for example).

Broke with Expensive Taste was finally released on November 6, 2014.

-Michelle Farres

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