Broke With Expensive Taste

Azealia Banks - Broke With Expensive Taste
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2014 Ratings: #442 / 975
Year End Rank: #30
User Score
Based on 511 ratings
2014 Ratings: #73
Liked by 11 people
November 6, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
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.

The Observer
It’s a contender for album of the year.

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.
Idle Delilah (10/10)
Gimme a Chance (10/10)
Desperado (9.2/10)
JFK (9.3/10)
212 (10/10)
Wallace (8.7/10)
Heavy Metal and Reflective (8.8/10)
BBD (8.2/10)
Ice Princess (9.5/10)
Yung Rapunxel (8.5/10)
Soda (9/10)
Chasing Time (9.2/10)
Luxury (9.5/10)
Nude Beach A-Go-Go (8/10)
Miss Amor (9.5/10)
Miss Camaraderie (10/10)

Average Score: 92 💚⭐
it’s a shame that azealia couldn’t keep to herself, she could’ve gotten such a fruitful career
Despite Azealia being one of the most problematic people out there, she definitely does know how to make good music. With her debut album, Broke With Expensive Taste, she combines the “house” genre and hip hop together, making hip house. Tracks like Idle Delilah and 212 are great examples of amazing hip house tracks, and tracks like Ice Princess and BBD are also amazing hiphop/trap tracks, and the amazing Chasing Time is a highly influenced pop track that showcases Azealia’s ... read more
Powerful, ferocious and solid. Azealia Banks makes sure that she'll rule on Broke With Expensive Taste.

Favorite Tracks: 212, Luxury, Ice Princess, Heavy Metal and Reflective, Yung Repunxel, Gimme A Chance, Miss Camaraderie
Ela veio com uma proposta totalmente diferenciada e única, fez rap com elementos de outros gêneros musicais e dominou isto de uma forma extremamente impecável.
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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