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Broke with Expensive Taste
Studio album by Azealia Banks
Recorded 2010–present
Azealia Banks chronology
  • Broke with Expensive Taste
  • (TBA)
  • Fantasea II: The Second Wave
  • (TBA)
Singles from Broke with Expensive Taste
  1. "Yung Rapunxel"
    Released: April 16, 2013
  2. "Heavy Metal and Reflective"
    Released: July 27, 2014
  3. "Chasing Time"
    Released: TBA

Broke with Expensive Taste is the upcoming debut studio album by American rapper Azealia Banks. The album was originally slated for release in September 2012, but has been subject to numerous delays and currently has no confirmed release date.[1][2][3][4] Banks released the album's lead single, "Yung Rapunxel" on April 16, 2013. The album will include 16 tracks, including previously released tracks "212", "BBD", and "Luxury". As the album remained unreleased, Banks said on Twitter that she will begin to leak her album on 15th April. Since this announcement, Banks still has yet to leak any content.[5] In July of 2014, Banks announced that she had parted with Universal Music Group, leaving the album without a release date. It is unknown whether or not Banks will release the album independently or through a label.[6]

Background and recording[edit]

Though unsigned at the time, it was reported in late 2011 that Banks was working on a debut studio album with British producer Paul Epworth.[7] It was then in February 2012 that Banks revealed the album's title, Broke with Expensive Taste.[8][9] Spending most of 2012 and 2013 writing and recording the album, she revealed that the album "[has been] FIVE years in the making,"[10] and that she had "written ALL new material" for the album, "except for '212.'"[11]

On March 14, 2013, Banks revealed on Twitter that there would be 13 tracks on the standard edition of Broke with Expensive Taste and 17 tracks on the deluxe edition,[12] later clarifying on June 23, 2013 that there would be only 16 tracks due to "BBD" being cut from the final edition.[13] The same day, Banks announced that the album was currently "80%" complete and that it would include four collaborations, factoring in "212" with producer Lazy Jay, "ATM Jam" with Pharrell Williams, as well as a collaboration with British electronic music duo Disclosure.[13] On July 18, 2013, Banks announced that she had finished recording the album and would be turning it in to her record label the following week.[14] The same day, Banks announced that the album would be released sometime in the fall of 2013.[15][16] However, this has since been delayed to January 2014 and again, March 2014.[1] On 26 January, Azealia slammed her record label due the delays surrounding the album, stating "I'm literally begging to be dropped from Universal".[17] On March 20, 2014, as the album remained unreleased, Banks stated on Twitter that she will leak the album in April, 15.[18]

In regards to the album's sound, Banks has stated that she was aiming for something "just as stylish and authentic as anything that I do...There isn't really like a genre that I'm trying to go for, or like a specific vibe that I'm trying to go for..."[19] Later, she added, "sonically, it's very mature...I didn't want to do anything that was like, young [or] mainstream. I stayed far away from dubstep, and I tried to stay far away from trap, but I have one trap record...everything on my album is going to be like, anti-pop, or just anti-what's-happening-now."[20] Some artists Banks has cited as influencing the album's sound include The Shins, Ariel Pink, Rihanna, and Rachelle Ferrell.[21]



Banks initially announced that the album's lead single would be a track titled "Miss Amor", and that it would be accompanied by a B-side titled "Miss Camaraderie", both produced by Lone.[22] However, these plans were changed and she revealed on January 28, 2013, that the first official single from the album would be a song called "Yung Rapunxel" (stylized as "#YUNGRAPUNXEL").[23] On February 28, 2013, she confirmed that the single would be released the next month on March 26, but this was later delayed to April 16. Despite this, Banks released the entirety of "Yung Rapunxel" through SoundCloud on March 11, 2013.[24]

Banks performing "212" at Life Ball 2013

On May 6, 2013, Banks announced that the second single from Broke with Expensive Taste would be "ATM Jam" (stylized as "#ATMJAM"), featuring Pharrell.[25] The next month, on June 29, Banks debuted the song in a performance at the 2013 Glastonbury Festival,[26] with New York radio station Hot 97 premiering a clean, shortened version of the studio recording three days later on July 2.[27] On July 11, 2013, the full studio version of "ATM Jam" was released on BBC Radio 1,[28] and was released for digital download on September 29, 2013.[29] However, due to a negative feedback given by her fans and by Azealia herself, she later announced that "ATM Jam" would be removed from the album.[30]

Banks released "Heavy Metal and Reflective" as the album's official second single on July 27, 2014.


In December 2013, Banks announced the first four tour dates in support of the album. The tour was set to begin in March 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.[31] In early March 2014, weeks before the tour dates, Banks rescheduled the tour dates and cancelled some as the album's release was delayed. [32][33]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Idle Delilah"   Banks    
2. "Gimme a Chance" (featuring Toko Yasuda) Banks, Yasuda    
3. "Lux 'N' Plush"   Banks    
4. "JFK" (featuring Theophilus London) Banks, London    
5. "212" (featuring Lazy Jay)
Lazy Jay 3:24
6. "Wallace"   Banks Yung Skeeter  
7. "Heavy Metal and Reflective"   Banks, James Strife Lil Internet 2:31
8. "BBD"   Banks
9. "Ice Princess"   Azealia Banks    
10. "Yung Rapunxel"  
  • Banks
  • Kevin "SB" James
  • Premro Smith
  • Chadron Moore
Lil Internet 3:45
11. "Soda"     SCNTST  
12. "In Town" (featuring Kevin Hussein)      
13. "Luxury"     Machinedrum 2:45
14. "Miss Amor"   Lone  
15. "Miss Camaraderie"  
  • Banks
  • Cutler


  • A new track listing is to be revealed soon as Banks has confirmed the inclusion of two new songs; the newest single "Chasing Time" and a love song entitled "Blossom". Banks has stated that "ATM Jam" will be removed off the album due to the negative reception it has received and she has revealed that the Disclosure-produced "Bizarra" will not be included, although she has said it may be released in the future with a different instrumental. Banks has stated that "Gimme a Chance" and "BBD" may be removed, although this appears unlikely as she posted a video onto Instagram of the final touches being added to the new version of "Gimme a Chance". Azealia revealed at Glastonbury 2013 that No Problems may be featured on the album, although it has not appeared on the previously-released tracklist and a deluxe edition has not yet been announced.
  • Banks revealed a rock song featuring Ariel Pink will be on her debut album during an interview with Forbes.[34]



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