AZEALIA GETS AGGRESSIVE AND AGGREGATE WITH HER FIRST MUSIC VIDEO FROM HER DEBUT ALBUM BROKE WITH EXPENSIVE TASTE
Let's face it. We're living in a post-Tumblr visual landscape, so somebody's gotta spearhead the referential revolution. Here, in Azealia Banks's video for "YUNG RAPUNXEL," the irresistible, techno-infused, industrial banger off her debut LP Broke With Expensive Taste, we see a variety of elements that shout back to some of the most iconic MTV moments of the '90s—a rennaisance period for the short form that introduced the world to minds like Romanek, Gondry, and Cunningham.
See if you can spot them: Gwen Stefani's blue fur bra from the VMAs (1998); Aaliyah's crop top with raver pants and a carnivorous fowl (1998); Marilyn Manson's two-toned contact lenses (1999); Madonna's "Bedtime Story" mouth eyes (1995); Atari Teenage Riot's protests of globalization at the hands of multinational corporations that resulted in numerous clashes with riot police (1999)—and so on.
Both despite and because of these winks to her forebears (intentional or not), Azealia perfectly transmits the confluence of her diverse and eclectic influences through a single channel, proving that she is, actually, completely original and a force to be reckoned with—and she's not afraid to battle anybody who thinks otherwise. Then again, her Twitter has taught us that lesson already.