5:58pm PT by Brennan Carley, Billboard
Azealia Banks Returns From Twitter Hiatus as 'Aquababe,' Debuts New Track (Audio)
Days after denouncing her status as a rapper and stepping away from her Twitter timeline, Azealia Banks returns with a new track from her upcoming mixtape Fantasea.
With lines that recall her earlier singles, "Aquababe" murkily bubbles in as another indicator that the rising star's debut album is not to be missed. The line "Let's celebrate that 'Aquababe' sashay / boulevard / runway," owes its rhyme scheme to "Jumanji" refrain "Rude bitch all day / uptown / Broadway."
The song, "originally produced by Eprom" and remixed by Machinedrum, opens with the sounds of a post-dubstep underwater rave complete with synthesized bubble sounds and reverberating whale howls. "These public pool bitches ain't really mermaids," she intones slowly but cuttingly as the beat threatens to drag her under.
After Banks performed a pair of shows in the NYC area last weekend, including a late-night headlining set at Manhattan's Bowery Ballroom, the Interscope/Polydor rapper confirmed a split with manager Troy Carter, and later signed off Twitter for good. "I will definitely be working BY MYSELF and saving MY 20% On management commissions while I avoid you sharks in the water," Banks wrote. "Fantasea" is expected to be released on July 4, with a proper album, "Broke With Expensive Taste," coming in the fall.
Listen to the song below.