Azealia Banks Covers Playboy

Controversial rapper Azealia Banks is ready to stir up the pot once again with her Playboy magazine editorial. Covering the infamous magazine, Banks plays on her well-known affinity for felines as she wears a leopard print bodysuit and a black cat on her head. Yes, a living, breathing black...

New Video: Shamir Bailey – “On The Regular”

[caption id="attachment_83707" align="alignnone" width="620"] via coolhunting.com[/caption] What a fun pick-me-up video for this dreary Hump Day. Meet Shamir Bailey: a 19 year-old rapper from Las Vegas. Now signed to XL Recordings, Bailey released his first...

New Music: Vic Mensa – “When A Fire Starts to Burn” (Freestyle)

Given the fact that Vic Mensa has recently been touring with Disclosure, the existence of this freestyle isn't that much of a surprise. What is a surprise, however, is Vic's within-the-margins rapping. Vic usually tapdances around instrumentals, creating his own counter-rhythm rather than just...

New Music: Beyonce feat. Azealia Banks & Busta Rhymes – “Partition” (Remix)

Busta Rhymes and Azealia Banks have appended some verses to the beginning of Beyonce's "Partition." They do a good job of preserving the sexually charged atmosphere of the original, but it's hard to listen without wanting more Azealia Banks. The calmness with which she spits her polysyllabic,...

New Video: Azealia Banks feat. Pharrrell – “ATM Jam”

Azealia Banks gets colorful and playful in her new video for the Pharrell-assisted track "ATM Jam". The Rony Alwin-directed video is a colorful affair that features Azealia and her crew incessantly oscillating between various arid color palettes, all while looking devilishly alluring. Azealia...

New Music: Azealia Banks – “Count Contessa” (prod. Lone)

Azealia Banks said that she was going to release music from project-after-next before she released her next project and she wasn't kidding. The song in question was "Count Contessa," a sprightly seapunk track straight from the soundtrack of your favorite, but long forgotten Sega Saturn game. Banks'...

Video: Christian Rich & Grandtheft – “Deep”

This track flew under RESPECT.'s radar, but thankfully the internet never forgets. Produced by Grandtheft and Christian Rich, "Deep" is an aqueous song that submerges the listener in a torrent of bass, hi-hats and warped vocals. Trap songs may be saturating the web right now, but when executed...

Governor’s Ball Concert Review: Azealia Banks

Photo by Julia Schur To say that Azealia Banks has attitude is a drastic short-selling of the star-power, girl power, hip power, and bar power of Harlem's harshest harpy. Charging the stage like a neon orange bullet, Yung Rapunxel flew straight to the front of her party, rocking the...

Photo of the Day: Azealia Banks Gets Professional

Trash-talking, beef-starting, neck-rolling, 212-repping emcee Azealia Banks isn't known for being particularly professional, but we all have our secrets. Rocking a vintage Versace suit with the complimenting hair color, Yung Rapunxel looks ready for a board meeting or a fancy luncheon....

Best Album and Single Artwork of 2013 (So Far)

The year isn't even half-way done, but we've already seen some very memorable artwork for singles, albums, and mix-tapes. Below is a compilation of ten of our favorites.  While music is their primary medium, these artists clearly understand that strong acoustics are only strengthened by strong...

123