By Carter Maness
When she’s not Twitter beefing with T.I. and Lil Kim or getting crowned a fashion icon by high-end designers like Alexander Wang, upstart artist Azealia Banks is still making some provocative music. This morning (May 11), Banks, as promised, dropped a new track entitled “Jumanji” with production from weirdo-electronic composer Hudson Mohawke and Nick Hook from the group Cubic Zirconia.
The track is a bouncy, tropical exploration with Banks’ rapidfire, high-attitude rapping at the forefront. The Harlem native shouts out her hometown over production that’s basically a fanfare for the beginning of summer with steel drums, gigantic timpani hits and some large, explosive bass.
“Jumanji” is the first preview from her upcoming Fantastic mixtape, which is set for release this summer. Banks has her long-awaited 1991 EP coming out within the month and is also working towards her much-anticipated major label debut, entitled Broke With Expensive Taste, which has been scheduled for a release this fall.
Up next for Banks is the release of a remix of M.I.A.’s track “Bad Girls,” which features verses from legendary rapper Missy Elliott as well as Rye Rye. M.I.A. revealed the collaboration through her always-amusing Twitter account earlier this week. “F—!!!!,” M.I.A. tweeted at the three collaborators. “You all killed it!!!!!! In your own wayzzzzzzz high in the himalays again!”