AOTY 2018

Broke With Expensive Taste

Azealia Banks - Broke With Expensive Taste
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2014 Ratings: #450 / 845
Year End Rank: #29
User Score
Based on 282 ratings
2014 Ratings: #84
November 6, 2014 / Release Date
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Prospect Park / Label
Hip Hop / Genres
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The Line of Best Fit
There are no 'sound-alike' comparisons to be made, because it really has no equivalents. And for a few years work from a twenty three year old, that's really not bad going.
Pretty Much Amazing

What Broke With Expensive Taste so forcefully reminds us is that we have all been waiting for Azealia Banks, even if we had briefly forgotten her in a haze of blogosphere backlash.


Older material accounts for roughly half the tracklist, and some of it doesn’t mesh well with the fresher, weirder stuff around it. It helps to see Broke With Expensive Taste, then, as an anthology, The Portable Azealia Banks.


Broke With Expensive Taste reminds us why we all cared about Azealia Banks in the first place.


The debut is an open world look at what for too long has been a closed genre, and, like her or not, Banks’ BWET is a true alternative to the young money princess and the Harlem harlequin is plowing a lane of her own.


Here at last, 'Broke With Expensive Taste' is a cascading flood of madcap imagination. Was it worth the wait? Just about.


As wildly disparate as it is, with songs culled from a three-year career and innumerable influences, Broke With Expensive Taste is a suitable mission statement from an artist hoping to make an impact.

Given the long gestation period, it could be said that Banks’ debut doesn’t quite live up to the hype. What it certainly does do though, is prove that there’s an awful lot of talent beneath the self-generated controversy.
Rolling Stone
This just might be the year's boldest release.

Broke With Expensive Taste is an impressive record, and yes, very much worth the wait, but it’s so many things at once.


The versatility of Azealia Banks and thus, difficulty with labels, is showcased prominently on Broke With Expensive Taste. The LP is fun and a return to what hip-hop started out as in the parks—a way to rock the crowd and have a good time.

Drowned in Sound

Broke has instances of stunningly original songwriting and there's rarely a dull moment, but it's more a kaleidoscopic 'story so far' than a complete manifesto.

Slant Magazine
The fact remains that a rapper usually needs guidance to become great, and while Banks's iconoclastic aggressiveness is an important part of what makes her so intoxicating, it's clearly led to an incomplete album being impulsively tossed off as a finished product.
The fact that Azealia Banks doesn't play by the rules is what makes her so charming. Everything about her- her eccentric and bold political stances; her outlandish ideas and outspoken nature- reflects in her work, and is everpresent on her debut record. Banks's audial flair ranges from rap with dark atmospheres (BBD, Desperado, Heavy Metal and Reflective, Ice Princess) to jazzy and exotic instrumentals (Gimme A Chance) to poppy singles (Chasing Time, Nude Beach a Go-Go, Soda) to EDM sampling ... read more
At last, Azealia's debut is being released and meets its forgotten expectations: she's young, she's smart, she's audacious and she has some expensive, few but expensive, rhythms in her pockets.
I really like this girl!
Você ama rap? Você ama artistas talentosos? Então ame este álbum.
Eu não gosto da Banks pessoa, mas como artista, neste álbum ela consegue se elevar a um patamar lindo, ela demonstra que como rapper feminina pode ser incrível e precisamos de mais artistas assim. Este de fato é o único projeto dela o qual gostei de ouvir e avaliar, não contém pecados, você pode ouvi-lo sempre e em qualquer lugar que irá te ... read more
She takes the risks... they mostly pay off
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Track List

  1. Idle Delilah
  2. Gimme a Chance
  3. Desperado
  4. JFK [ft. Theophilus London]
  5. 212 [ft. Lazy Jay]
  6. Wallace
  7. Heavy Metal and Reflective
  8. BBD
  9. Ice Princess
  10. Yung Rapunxel
  11. Soda
  12. Chasing Time
  13. Luxury
  14. Nude Beach A-Go-Go
  15. Miss Amor
  16. Miss Camaraderie
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Added on: January 4, 2013