1991 [EP] - Azealia Banks
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8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 146 Ratings

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  1. Nov 1, 2012
    10
    Ms. Banks is one of the smartest artists around. Using 90's-like house beats mixed up with clever rap wordplays, she accomplishes a hard-to-get feature: an EP that's strong from the funky title track all the way to "Liquorice", which celebrates men's fetishes for colored women. It's a win for Azealia!
  2. Sep 1, 2012
    10
    This is a very unique Ep. I love the style of music and the lyrics of Banks. If her debut album anything like this EP it should be a very great one. She has some great lyrics. EP album of the year. This album is a very great Hip Hop/R&B Album.
  3. Sep 17, 2012
    10
    A fresh and tasty bite that makes you want more. An exciting EP which promises a great deal of fun and delivers through every little sound. Keep an eye on her, she's going to change the game.
  4. Jun 16, 2012
    9
    From the cover to the last second, 1991 is pure freshness. She's in her own lane and like she already said, this sh*t been hers. Favorite: Van Vogue and Liquorice.
  5. Aug 12, 2012
    9
    This is one of the best EPs I've heard in a while. Her rapping skills are undeniable and she's a talented singer too. Each track uses shrewd and clever lyricism and marries traditional hard-core Rap with Electronica, Dance/Pop and House. Out of this holy union comes nothing but pure excellence. Her upcoming mixtape and album should not disappoint. The '1991' EP sure didn't.
  6. Jul 24, 2012
    7
    Although on the first major publication of Azealia Banks there were only four songs, she decided to place two of them as singles. These "212" and "Liquorice" are undoubtedly compositions belonging to the hip hop mainstream, with the difference that this quarter of an hour EP has a mostly house tone, which makes it stands out from the competition - and most importantly - does it in decent style.
  7. Jun 12, 2012
    6
    Azealia's promise as a rapper is undiminished by the release, but it is clearly a stop gap rather than a step forward. A good, if unremarkable, release.
  8. Jul 21, 2012
    10
    Azealia Banks is an original and fresh addition to the current Hip-Hop movement. Her Rap skills are very refined, her lyrics are unique, and she has a very good singing voice on top of it. This EP is great; I definitely recommend. Download her FREE Mixtape, Fantasea, though Facebook (It's very good as well).
    Favorite tracks: "212" and "Liquorice"
  9. Dec 31, 2012
    7
    Great debut EP from Azealia Banks, and while I'm not a massive fan of Hip-Hop I was really intrigued by this girl and there's no denying she's talented. I actually prefer both Licuorice and 1991 to the lead single 212, but all four songs are great! I'm looking forward to seeing what's next to come!
  10. Mar 17, 2013
    8
    One thing's for sure, this girl has ATTITUDE. This ep is all about that word, laced with intelligent worldplay and her incredible phrasing which adds a layer of both rythym and beat as she bounces and pops from word to word. The whole thing is quite short, which lends to the whole thing as a teaser of what's to come in what's sure to be a controversial music career. On the negative side of things, it is noticeable that Miss Banks hasn't discovered a definitive sound yet, other than the sneering 212. The songs are a mix of bubblegum house, hip-hop, rnb with a sprinkling of punk. For her to be an artist that's taken seriously in the music world, she has to eradicate that sound mash up and either create more distinctive songs like te aforementioned 212, or concentate on particular concepts for future releases (Fantasea had a sense of sea punk baroque to it but I think it was slightly forced.) Overall, 1991 is the bud of what could bloom into a beautiful flower, or withering leaves. But either way you can be sure Azealia Banks won't care what people are going to think about her artistic endeavours, which will certainly work in her favor Expand
  11. Aug 6, 2013
    10
    I don't really care that the EP has four tracks. They are all amazing. "1991" introduces the EP, "Van Vogue", a slower rap song comes next, Azealia's breakout hit "212" follows, and sassy "Liquorice" closes.
  12. Aug 30, 2013
    9
    Banks proves herself a fierce songstress with a talent of ingenious lyricism. The 1991 EP is bold, salacious, and superbly produced as an immaculate jewelry box of infectious gems. This ambitious debut helped pave the way for equally and rightfully acclaimed mixtape, Fantasea.
  13. Jul 29, 2014
    10
    Exuberant and sassy from start to end. An exquisite salad of perfectly-performed lyrics, good rhymes, catchy rhythms and a constant sensation of satisfaction and fantasy. A genius, a miracle.
  14. Dec 5, 2013
    10
    Azealia como sempre arrasando !Amei este Ep,ele mostra a verdadeira Azealia e seu estilo verdadeiro.Azealia vai ser uma grande rapper e pode se igualar a grandes nomes como Missy Elliot
  15. Apr 18, 2014
    10
    This is so cool.These are the best Azealia's tracks.This is a good entrance in the rap world.Liquorice , 1991 and Van Vogue are cool, but 212 is excellent.
  16. Apr 22, 2014
    10
    This is a very unique Ep. I love the style of music and the lyrics of Banks. If her debut album anything like this EP it should be a very great one. She has some great lyrics. EP album of the year. This album is a very great Hip Hop/R&B Album.
  17. Jun 16, 2014
    10
    Azealia Banks is the most original artist of actuality. She did "1991 EP" the best of 2012 and no one can turn down her Witch-Hop. Everybody should listen all tracks and dance while learn something with the lyrics.
  18. Jun 26, 2014
    9
    With unexpected beats and productions that combine the best of pure hip-hop and urban music style in only a few tracks, Azealia shows that she surely deserves our attention. Not only a sick flow but amazing lyrics are displayed on this EP, and Banks sort of stood out of the box in which she was through her mixtape "Fantasea", showing a lot of energy and a more light sound. There's absolutely nothing to complain about it, and it is even more than I expected from her after listening to her mixtape, which left me very excited for her upcoming work. Go Azealia!!! Expand
  19. Jul 7, 2014
    9
    Azealia Banks is a breath of fresh air in the crowd of male rappers who seem to know only how to rap about female conquests, expensive liquor and lots of money. Even though the project is only 4 tracks short and totaling just over 16 minutes in length, Banks still manages to lyrically annihilate most of her male counterparts.

    Many good points to the EP, ranging from Banks' tremendous
    singing abilities on tracks '1991' and 'Liquorice', to the fact that no two songs song remotely similar, a trap which a lot of rappers tend to fall into. '1991' and 'Van Vogue' are smooth jazz influenced hits while the latter tracks '212' and 'Liquorice' are dance infused rap songs.

    Banks pushes limits also, being the first female of my knowledge to be able to fit the word **** into one song as many times as she did on her hit song '212'. An amazing EP overall, and the only thing stopping it receiving a perfect 10 is the two minute talk at the end of 'Van Vogue' which frankly I have no idea how anyone can sit through. Strongly recommend though.
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  20. Nov 9, 2014
    10
    Simple Brilliance. Azealia Banks should be the most famous in her industry. The music might not be for everyone, but the fact that she writes her own music and uses the beat so well is proof of the pudding.
Metascore
84

Universal acclaim - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Jul 10, 2012
    100
    1991 is all about the bubble-popping lushness of "Van Vogue" and the hall-of-mirrors shimmer of "Liquorice." It's also about the summer, and showing more of Banks than just her breakout hit.
  2. 100
    Quick-tongued, lascivious, catchy, and delighted with itself, there hasn't been a more pleasurable record all year and probably won't be‑-not even by her.
  3. Jun 20, 2012
    70
    Banks continues to get away with her obnoxiousness--and while the quality of the music remains disproportionate to the hype, it does make her bratty rejection of the rap establishment feel that much more thrilling.