Azealia Banks - Barely Legal

Azealia Banks haters, start your engines! I fully expect that just the headline “Azealia Banks – ’Barely Legal’ (The Strokes Cover)” already has some people’s vitriol tanks overflowing and ready for the comment section, but let’s backtrack a bit. Anyone who has been following Banks for a long time — I’m talking before “212″ was even a glimmer in her teenage eye — knows she has a background in covering indie rock songs. When she was quietly making the blog rounds as Miss Banks, she got a minor amount of attention for a cover she did of Interpol’s “Slow Hands.” You can see that her tastes haven’t really changed that much in the past two and a half years, favoring to flip marquee indie hits into electro-tinged covers with molasses-y vocals. Sometimes it’s nice to hear Banks just croon it out. I like this, although I can totally understand hatred from anyone who genuflects at the altar of Casablancas and Co. Her penchant for hip-house, however, does wonders for me. Check it out below.

Broke With Expensive Taste will come out one of these days.

Comments (18)
  1. This is not good.

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  3. I think this is cool for what it is…which is a appetizer for her debut album.y what you want about this girl but she can rap and sing. Good ear for beats aswell.

  4. Sorry guys I’m mobile lol

  5. Her voice is lovely and she sings it beautifully, but the synths do not work AT ALL theyre in a different key, they’re like chillout synths and theyre awful. A good remix could salvage this.

  6. Her Slow Hands version was significantly better.

  7. The thing is that it’s such a badass tune that it’s virtually impossible to ruin it. I don’t think this song could be anything else than a rock song.

  8. Not nearly as good as Heems’ “NYC Cops” cover.

  9. ” fully expect that just the headline “Azealia Banks – ‘Barely Legal’ (The Strokes Cover)” already has some people’s vitriol tanks overflowing and ready for the comment section”

    Yep. Fuck this.

  10. I sort of like it. Fuck me, right?

  11. this is a great hip-house track. Chip-E. K-Wyze watch your back!

  12. haven’t heard a good cover from a rapper/singer since M.I.A done Everyday I love you less and less

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