1991 [EP] - Azealia Banks
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  • Summary: The debut four-track EP for the New York rapper includes dance elements.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
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  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 13, 2012
    80
    Manically happy, infectiously danceable and too clever by half, if 1991 does one thing, it proves that Banks's breakout hit, "212," was no fluke.
  4. Jun 8, 2012
    77
    Some of Banks' best lines are elegantly self-aggrandizing and enemy-deflating, but she's just as capable of executing those moves in more straightforward terms.
  5. Jun 8, 2012
    71
    Banks is often all the more mesmerizing when she leaves the beef on the back-burner and takes stock of her influences.
  6. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. 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 veryThis 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. Expand
  2. 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.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. Expand
  3. 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 writesSimple 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. Expand
  4. 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. EverybodyAzealia 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. Expand
  5. 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 liquorAzealia 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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  6. 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 shrewdThis 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. Expand
  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, ifAzealia'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. Expand

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