She doesn’t have an official album out yet, just this four-song taster (admirers are directed to her mixtape Fantasea). But her breakout single “212” established her as a show-offishly gifted rapper, and the rest of 1991 backs up what it promises. Banks has a taste for club beats, an X-rated sense of humor and a gift for spectacular multisyllable rhymes. On the title track, she rhymes “Louvre in Paris” with “ruin her weave,” “juniper breeze,” “shoe with the bleed,” “Lou to the V” and “do it for free,” scarcely pausing for breath along the way.
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Top 10 Albums
- 10. Killer Mike, R.A.P. Music
- 9. Azealia Banks, 1991 EP
- 8. The Mountain Goats, Transcendental Youth
- 7. Various Artists, Listen, Whitey! The Sounds of Black Power 1967–74
- 6. Swans, The Seer
- 5. Getatchew Mekuria & the Ex & Friends, Y’Anbessaw Tezeta
- 4. Dirty Projectors, Swing Lo Magellan
- 3. Frank Ocean, Channel Orange
- 2. Kendrick Lamar, good kid, m.A.A.d city
- 1. Fiona Apple, The Idler Wheel Is Wiser than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More than Ropes Will Ever Do