NME’s “Cool List”Â is usually the most mundane, clichÃÂ©d and quite pointless list of popular musicians, who the folk up at NME HQ think are at the top of the tree when it comes to rock n’ roll, fashion and overall appealing personalities in the music industry. Amongst the expected were Noel and Liam, Dave Grohl, Jarvis Cocker and Alex Turner. But who topped the list this year? Azealia Banks”Â¦
INTRODUCING: AZEALIA BANKS
Strip the hip-hop industry down in the USA. Simply forget about it. NME have got the number one right this year. Miss Banks is moving hip-hop and rap forward. She’s 19 and yet to release her debut album, but she’s throwing us some hints at what we might expect from her in the future. Full of fierce anger and immature derogatory humour relating to sex, Azealia Banks is pissing as many people off as she’s impressing. Without maybe realising it, she sticks two fingers up to established money-driven music scene and releases ”Ë212′, a track backed with electronic beats and synths dominating the track. Over this beat she raps and spits her filthy lyrics with immense guts and raw command. The track is essentially sexual references one after another, but Banks doesn’t seem like she’s going to be the one to conform to what people expect of her.
Even you probably have a distorted opinion of this young artist. She’s not necessarily rebellious, and she doesn’t hate fame. In fact, she craves it, as she’s already establishing herself with top producers such as Paul Epworth (Primal Scream, Adele, Bloc Party). It takes a lot for an artist that’s mainly underground to want the fame, to want the success. Becoming successful for an artist such as Azealia is no longer seen by many people as “selling out”Â. She has a direction, a purpose. Azealia Banks is someone with confidence. As she circles in “indie-type”Â company, but produces music so gritty and true to herself that it could be a surprising rise to fame as she gains the glory she’s hunting for.
Azealia Banks is just about to break. I’m sure as the months progress the criticisms will arise, as they do with every artist with such foul-mouthed lyrics. I don’t give a shit if NME think she’s cool. If they’d put her on the top of the “Beige List”Â, I’d still be recommending her to you. The girl can sing. The girl raps with honesty and rock n’ roll sex appeal. Azealia Banks is going to be huge.