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Must See: Azealia Banks At Irving Plaza, May 2015


The Morrissey Of Hip Hop


Azealia Banks might well be the Morrissey of hip hop: yes, she is right, and yes, she is really really gifted, but so what? She is too mean spirited for it to matter, everything she says and does is a major affront: she is wrong while being right because she can’t put her case across without being offensive to everyone. She has no middle ground, all she has is a scorched earth policy for everyone and everything. She may be right about racism (and her own career) in the big picture, but she is viciously wrong is her comments about Iggy and Kendrick.

Iggy a racist? Kendrick an Uncle Tom?


Having said that let’s also admit that Broke With Expensive Tastes was a great great album… a terrific achievement all round. Worth the years of waiting and worth her being not a very nice person who overdoes and over states every case, how do you discount the woman behind “212”, and “Heavy Metal And Reflective”… really the entire album is some of best rapping around, yet she is so irritating I never think of her when I mention best rappers of 2015.

Well, I’ve remembered this time: Banks is performing at Irving Plaza on May 11th, the first time in years (I’ve been keeping an eye out since “212” and haven’t heard of any gigs). There is a Live Nation Mobile presale today at 10am for the gig and this is a must see.

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