Since becoming a viral sensation with her incredible street and vogue style of rapping, Azealia Banks has become quite the sensation. She has also opened her mouth full of unambiguous statements towards her peers. However, Banks took to Coachella’s stage yesterday performing in front of her first US and largest audience thus far. Plagued by nerves all week, the time had come for Banks to prove whether the talent could match the hype.
Bank’s DJ, Cosmo, got the crowd pumped before Banks took to the stage with Lady Saw’s “Rich Girl” playing in the background. How appropriate it was with her debut being titled ‘Broke With Expensive Taste.’ Donning a two piece black-and-white striped jumpsuit with her mermaid tresses (fuschia, purples, pink and royal blue), Banks opened up with “Grand Scam” before jumping into the hyper “F**k Up the Fun.” Banks carried on, shouting out the ladies on “Barbie Sh*t.”
Ten minutes in Banks had already proven she has stage presence, can rap live with studio clarity and can sing. A brief interlude commenced of Banks singing the Zuton’s classic song, “Valerie,” sung Amy Winehouse style. It was back to bouncy street style as Banks was “Runnin’” the Coachella festival. “Bambi” was next up with a dance number performed by her back-up dancers. From her upcoming EP, “1991″ was performed in full for the first time. Saving the most popular for last, Banks ignited an energy within the audience when she performed “212.” She really had the crowd going before closing out with The Prodigy’s “Firestarter.”
In a nutshell, Azealia Banks absolutely blazed the Coachella stage to bits. Letting loose tears from earlier on, Banks was humbled by the entire ordeal. Expected to give a forty minute set, her set was compressed into twenty-five minutes of pure energy. From her EP to her LP, Banks has surely heightened the hype for her career.
Chet – CSPerspective