I woke up this morning with the intention of finding a bunch of new music, since it is midterm season and I need a bunch of new music to keep my spirits up as I read all of the books I have been putting off since the beginning of the quarter. Luckily, finding music today was pretty easy. As I opened my email, I saw this remix of “Blue Jeans”, originally performed by Lana Del Rey. Unimpressed by Lana, I quickly skimmed the description and when my eyes hit “Azealia Banks”, I literally gasped.
Ever since I wrote about Banks a few weeks ago, I have been obsessed with this up-and-comer, so obviously, I began playing this remix for the sole intent of getting to her verse.
As I waited for Banks to start spittin’, I was actually extremely pleased by what I heard. This is far from the actual “Blue Jeans” and was a much more chopped version of the song, and the backing is completely changed to an electronic-based beat. Rey’s
really annoying and whiny voice is heavily effected by Smims&Belle and, as the song goes on, Rey eventually is only singing “gangster” over and over in different pitches and lengths. And then Banks appears and all hell breaks lose. The beat really starts bumping, some tech taps come in, a hint of deck swipings, dub-step builds and, of course, a bunch of crazy bass.
Banks (obviously) kills it on this track, and spits like she does not give a fuck (which she probably doesn’t, judging from what I have seen on Twitter). Because of the repeating “gangster” from Rey, Banks references it a few times, with my favorite line being “gangsters not dead, i raised him”. Her voice is perfect in this, and every line has that same quick style like the rest of her songs.
Honestly, I could keep fan girling out over this song, but I think it is better if you listen and judge for yourself.
Think it is dope? Think it is whack? Lemme know in the comments!