Azealia Banks’ “Yung Rapunxel” Video: Watch The Dark, Surreal Clip

Azealia Banks Yung Rapunxel Video
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Brilliant-but-problematic rapstress Azealia Banks has just released the video for her brilliant-but-problematic single “Yung Rapunxel” — any guesses on how it is? (Spoiler: It’s brilliant but problematic.)

Featuring a lot of portentous Illuminati imagery, the same thoroughly unsettling eyes-as-teeth motif that was featured on the track’s single artwork and a truckload of owls (do owls come in a truck?), the Jam Sutton-directed clip has a loose narrative involving a brutal police regime hunting Banks down through some kind of apocalyptic cityscape, but mostly it’s about Banks vibing and raging. The good news is that she does both quite well, and just as a watchable thing, “Yung Rapunxel” is as arresting as any video this year, a monstrous wormhole of weird shit. 

The ultimate effect, though, is a purely aesthetic one, more than the video actually imparts any meaning: If there’s something she’s trying to sayrather than just an advertisement of her own darkness, it doesn’t come through. Maybe it doesn’t have to, or maybe that’s the point. If she’s trolling us, she’s not doing a bad job.

Watch up top.

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  • Jack

    Early in her career with the videos for ’212′ and ’1991′ she gave off this classy fun-girl vibe, she subsequently ruined it with the video for ‘Atlantis’ and her constant beefing. Due to her irritating public antics she sort of morphed into this villan character and this video entirely aestheticizes it, and now I’m okay with Azealia the bitch. So mission accomplished?

  • Nate

    100% agree with Jack, I’m a huge fan of villains..This is too perfect.

  • Felipe

    Maybe the voice in the her head which repeats “I wanna be free” is what the writer of this article doesn’t get as the message that she is really trying to portray. She’s trying to free herself from all the haters which from the the beginning have been the reason she had lashed out. Also agree with JAck