Azealia Banks dropped another single off her expected Fantasea mixtape today, this one called "Neptune," featuring London MC Shystie.
The track starts off with tropical-space-island beat and Mizz Banks going off on the "212" flow-- it really sounds like the first verse of "212" with different words.
Actually, as the first bars of this song passed through my ears I thought perhaps "Neptune" was some sort of "212" remix. A lot of rappers do have favorite time signatures and meters that they often employ, so no harm no foul. Banks also shows off her vocal skills, crooning "What's your fantasy, can I hear about it, tell me about what you need..."
The verse by Shystie is fun and packs a tough punch with her grimy, "bad gyal" London accent-- "Not vanilla, I'm a cinnamon stick, still killin bitches with my liquorice shit...Tell this London gal what yo fantasy!"
All in all, it's a fun and dance-y tune, even if it is slightly reminiscent of her first single-- that means she already has a signature style, right?
Azealia sent out a series of tweets today, describing her concept behind the mixtape and how it all came together:
"I originally started this mixtape with the intention of letting go a ton of old ideas… like songs I started writing but never finished. My ideas and concepts started to develop, so I changed the title and began to try & make the project more cohesive Fantasea is almost kind of a first album of sorts... but it happened by mistake... It’s weird. This is a test run… I tried a lot of cool things... Sounds I thought were progressive, beats made by close friends, different flowsss."
Looking forward to the Fantasea mixtape debut tomorrow-- July 11, 2012.
Seeing such a young MC do her thing really inspires me, it's motivation for me to do more and do it better. Check out these other lady MCs who inspire me a great deal.
I did not create this and I don't know who did. Someone posted this in Azealia's thread yesterday about her Fantasea mixtape, and I re-posted it on my Facebook page because it's hilarious.