Rap wunderkind and arbitrary starter of beef with literally everyone Azealia Banks has dropped her official debut single “Yung Rapunxel” two weeks ahead of schedule — and, well, it’s clear that she isn’t courting radio play.
A pummeling, futuristic dance beat (it sounds like a car commercial from outer space) tracks Banks as she raps in a low, sinister register, before launching into raging muffled shouts on the chorus; toward the end, she finally drops into the same flow as “212,” which is probably where she belongs.
But as a single, especially after the crossover success of “212″ and even with that absurdly dope beat, “Yung Rapunxel” is just weird. Interesting, potentially brilliant, obnoxious and sort of unlistenable, but mostly just weird. Ultimately, we have no idea if it’s any good or not. Maybe you will. Listen below.
Azealia Banks — Yung Rapunxel