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Last Lap: Azealia Banks Declines The Invitation To Tour With Nicki Minaj

AZEALIA BANKS CAN’T COME OUT TO PLAY
Nicki Minaj invited Banks out on tour, but Banks declined so that she can finish her album on time. [Rap-Up]

OOPS! CNN CALLS SARAH PALIN A “STUPID GIRL”
The news network opened a segment about Palin and Chick-Fil-A with P!nk‘s classic kiss-off, “Stupid Girls.” They’ve since issued a statement insisting that, “The music selection was a poor choice and was not intended to be linked to any news story.” [Mediaite]

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Azealia Bank’s Fantasea Expected To Make A Splash, Complete With Mermaids

Fantasea Mixtape To Be Released Today

The wait is finally over for the release of Azealia BanksFantasea mixtape. At 12:00 p.m. EST the Harlem rapper will release the 19 track mixtape that has been pushed back more times than we can count. For the true A. Banks fans the mermaid themed mixtape will be well worth the wait. Despite the skepticism around whether she’d ever release her debut album (which has also been pushed back) or a mixtape, Banks continued to release dope music keeping the peaked interest of music critics and fans. In the interim she released the four song EP 1991, the video to “Liquorice” and songs from the eagerly awaited Fantasea. Read more…

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33 GIFs Of Famous Musicians Saluting The Stars And Stripes In Their Music Videos

It’s the 4th of July, which means that it’s time to wish another happy birthday to the US of A! In honor of our country’s 236th bday, we’ve put together this spectacular, über-patriotic GIF Wall featuring some of the music industry’s biggest stars paying salute the stars and stripes, everyone from chart legends like Bruce Springsteen and Madonna to up-and-comers like Lana Del Rey and Azealia Banks. Ain’t that America?
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Azealia Banks And Styles P Relish the Haters On “Nathan”

Self-proclaimed “vocalist” and rap game drop-out Azealia Banks is back on her spit game. The Harlem sensation posted a wily new track to her Tumblr over the weekend called “Nathan.” Trading verses with “literally [her] FAVORITE rapper” Styles P. over a jittery beat, she comes hard with her trademark wordplay, fleshing out that hot dog imagery from “Liquorice” and also also relishing haters with a clever riff on “nothin’” — as in, “you ain’t got nothin’.” “Burn ‘em, boil ‘em, grill ‘em, bake ‘em, nada no problem,” she raps with her trademark verve, just in time for this week’s festivities.

Banks’ much-anticipated mixtape Fantasea is slated for release on July 11th, a week later than it’s originally planned July 4th date. And according to her Twitter, we can expect one more cut before then: “Next and Last mixtape leak will be more dancey – more singey … More core Azealia Banks.” Heads up!

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Last Lap: Barack Obama Sings Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend” (!!!)

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA WANTS TO BE YOUR “BOYFRIEND”
And makes us wonder: would you rather have fondue by the fire with POTUS or the Biebs? We’ll take both, thank you! SWAGGGY! [YouTube]

SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA PREPARE FOR LAST DANCE
The electronic dance music stars announced have announced, via their website, that their next tour will be their last tour. “We came, we raved, we loved,” they say. Amen. [MTV]

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Summer Jams: Bene Viera Picks Three Of Her Fave “Song of the Summer” Candidates

Song of the Summer

Along with cocktails on rooftops and sunbathing by the pool, summer grants the official ok to zip by in your car with windows down blaring music from the speakers. Whether hearing someone’s music blasting from their headphones on the A train, or eating outdoors at my favorite low-key Brooklyn cafe, I look forward to observing what music gets the people going. Only hours into the official first day of summer there are already countless songs that are on constant replay on iPods or car stereos. For whatever reason, warm weather tends to bring proper music odes to the beauty of the new season. Cheers to this summer being one of producing music that makes you feel something. Here are three songs that I plan to have in heavy rotation over the next few months…

NOMINATION: Meek Mill ft. Drake & Jeremih, “Amen”
EXPLANATION:
Summer time is when I indulge in rap music. The beats, instrumentation, samples and lyrics boost my energy for jam packed days. Unless you were a music journalist or a diehard hip-hop fan, it’s likely you hadn’t heard of Meek Mill at this time last year. That all changed with his successful single “I’m A Boss” and later the Dreamchasers mixtape. The buzz around the Philly rapper grew with praises of his storytelling ability in tracks from the mixtape like “Tony’s Story.” He signed to Maybach Music Group where his buzz blossomed due to his first mixtape, but it’s the followup, Dreamchasers 2, that was the real attention grabber. “Amen’s” church choir sound can be attributed to the organ, a common instrument that has been used in black church spirituals for forever. Although “amen, preach and church” are rattled off through the chorus, don’t expect to hear anything church-y. The only thing spiritual about “Amen” is its divine sound.

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Cowgirl Azealia Banks Rides Through The Wild Wild West In “Liquorice”

Azealia Banks can now add equestrian to her list of skills. Her three day Twitter hiatus resulted in a cowgirl horseback riding Banks in the Rankin directed video for “Liquorice.” Banks is solo as she wanders through the desert with her beautiful horse. Wild Wild West meets Harlem in the scenic backdrop of mountains, grass and woods. Banks owns her inner cowgirl with her pistol, rapping in all black next to her black horse. She plays up just the right amount of sexy yet playfulness to make the guys go gaga over her liquorice. Read more…

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Azealia Banks Needs To Get Out Of Her Own Way

Azealia Banks Is Back On Twitter

Quitting Twitter only to return days later is the new publicity stunt for celebrities —no matter how big or small— looking to make blog headlines. Harlem-bred Azealia Banks is easily one of our favorite upcoming artists of any genre. Her dance sound, reminiscent of garage music, is refreshing, yet her raw lyrics are the epitome of “real” hip-hop. The fast eccentric flow on “212″ is unlike anything any other artist — male OR female — is currently doing in hip-hop. As odd as the sound seemed upon first listen, we have been hypnotized by the 21-year-old woman that rapped, “What you gone do when I appear? When I premiere?” Apparently we weren’t the only ones intrigued by what she had to offer. To date, over 19 million people on YouTube have watched the “212″ video, and that’s with her still being a somewhat underground artist.

Buzz has continued to grow around Banks’ music career, as many are hoping that she will eventually become the female rapper to give Nicki Minaj a healthy dose of competition. However, just as the excitement about her music began to burgeon, so has the controversy. Since Banks is not quite mainstream, there are few interviews or TV appearances that fans can turn to for perspective on her personality or who she is as an artist. Therefore, Twitter became the platform where she seemed the most comfortable expressing herself. Fans connected with her there, and onlookers were able to gauge the burning question, “Who is Azealia Banks?” Although her tweets would never be able to define all of who she is, it did reveal some disturbing traits that would turn out to become consistent patterns. Read more…

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Azealia Banks Is Done With The Rap Game And Twitter

Azalea Banks Quits Twitter & the Rap Game

When you can’t stand the heat, get off of Twitter. That’s exactly what Azealia Banks did over the weekend. The upcoming Harlem rapper has had enough of the back and forth Twitter beefs and decided to pull a disappearing act by deleting her Twitter account. Not only is she over social media, she’s also tired of the rap game. When Nicki Minaj deleted her account the Internet was in a frenzy, but luckily for Nicki’s Barbz she returned a week later. We give Banks two weeks tops to rejoin the social media network celebs love to hate. Read more…

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Azealia Banks Is Serving Lyrical Fire In “Jumanji”

Azealia Banks' new song Jumanji

Buzz around upcoming Harlem rapper Azealia Banks is not overhyped considering she creates music like the new track “Jumanji” she dropped today. This is why the uber talented fire spitter doesn’t need beef on her climb to the top. Produced by Hudson Mohawke and Nick Hook, “Jumanji” is enticing with its blaring horn and African drum sound. Frankly, the beat is bananas, and definitely nod your head worthy. And her riveting flow is speedy, aligning itself perfectly with the instrumentation. When she raps, “Don’t make me remove your kufi, I do it because it’s my duty,” you hear the hunger in her voice, that unrelenting passion and confidence in what she has to say. And we’re listening.

“Jumanji” is the first single from her Fantastic mixtape set to be released this summer. Banks’ debut album Broke With Expensive Taste has been pushed back for a potential fall release, but in the meantime she tweeted she will drop her LP “1991″ within the next month. As Banks slowly but surely gains more attention we hope she steps away from Twitter feuds and sticks to dropping bombs in the studio. Let the music speak for itself. Check out a few of our favorite lines from “Jumanji.”

“They want my photo and pictures inside of they candid cameras/flawless, critics and scandals/man handle savage I damge ya/Real b*** all day/Uptown Broadway

“Reefer and cabanas/all my vehicles handsome”

“These b*** and their banter/f*** is up w/they grammar/they never talking money/I can’t never understand ‘em.”

“All of my b**** bougie/designer vagina Gucci/These n**** all kind of groupies/they flying they trying to scoop me.”

Azelia Banks New Song Jumanji [Ohnotheydidnt.livejournal.com]

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