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  • Summary: Originally set to be released in 2012, the debut full-length studio album from the New York rapper surfaces as a digital release.

Top Track

212
Hey, I can be the answer I'm ready to dance when the vamp up And when I hit that dip, get your camera You could see I been that bitch since the... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Dec 19, 2014
    90
    Just 16 exceptional tracks full of glowing wordplay, instinctively catchy intonation, and effortless genre whisking.
  2. 83
    Her complete dominance over the sonic space of her debut reinforces Broke With Expensive Taste as a product singularly of her vision.
  3. Nov 19, 2014
    80
    It’s a kaleidoscope of sounds that feels like a best of instead of a debut. It’s jarringly airy, flitting about and flouting conventions at every turn, and it’s sometimes so steeped in it’s 90s house past that it undermines its own velocity.
  4. Dec 17, 2014
    75
    BWET is a fascinating starting point, as she can spit complex rhyme patterns with ease. The hope is that this can progress into something deeper, but as things stand she's still a pleasure to listen to.
  5. Nov 19, 2014
    70
    This just might be the year's boldest release.
  6. Nov 10, 2014
    70
    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.
  7. Nov 10, 2014
    60
    "212" along with an upgraded version of Fantasea's "Luxury" are among the best songs here, but their inclusion is distracting, representing more unpursued directions for an artist who needs to be looking toward the future, not cramming in old material on an already overstuffed album, one which feels more like a drastically updated portfolio than a proper debut.

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  1. Positive: 85 out of 90
  2. Negative: 2 out of 90
  1. Nov 9, 2014
    10
    OMFG, I love it, i never heard someting like this album. It's like the most exclusive album in rap in 10 years, like, omg, i love this, was soOMFG, I love it, i never heard someting like this album. It's like the most exclusive album in rap in 10 years, like, omg, i love this, was so goooooooooooood, i can't even explain this. I'm already in love with this gal Expand
  2. Nov 7, 2014
    10
    Broke With Expensive Taste, despite all of the delays, false starts and label issues, has been worth the wait WITHOUT A DOUBT. Her aim was toBroke With Expensive Taste, despite all of the delays, false starts and label issues, has been worth the wait WITHOUT A DOUBT. Her aim was to cover the genres "as told by Azealia Banks", and if salsa (rapping AND singing in Spanish too) and a rock song with Ariel Pink isn't enough, then I personally pity your music taste. This is an innovative record and Azealia has to be respected for being an artist who writes, directs and constructs every song to an unparalleled standard. Azealia Banks is an incredible artist, why she isn't a superstar yet is beyond me, but regardless of fame, the album is faultless. Not one song in my ears is a disappointment. I am glad to be a fan of you, Azealia. Thank you. Expand
  3. Nov 24, 2014
    10
    Drops mic and the crowd screams "Encore!"

    Azealia Banks has undoubtedly shut it down with this album. No one has approached music with
    Drops mic and the crowd screams "Encore!"

    Azealia Banks has undoubtedly shut it down with this album. No one has approached music with this level of creativity, versatility and actual talent while keeping it all together in the last 10 years. If she does not win awards for this, this industry is officially out of touch.
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  4. Nov 9, 2014
    10
    I was never a big fan of Azealia Banks and thought Broke would never emerge from Universal's clutches. However Banks has proved me wrong.I was never a big fan of Azealia Banks and thought Broke would never emerge from Universal's clutches. However Banks has proved me wrong. Broke With Expensive Taste is a musical masterpiece and a strong challenger for the Album of the Year. Her talent has no boundaries, enabling her to experiment with multiple genres and provide an almost hypnotic sonic journey for her listeners. This debut album was definitely worth the wait. Expand
  5. Nov 11, 2014
    10
    Broke With Expensive Taste definitely is the best album from 2014, along with Ultraviolence. All tracks are amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  6. Mar 23, 2016
    9
    Although Azealia is mainly known for being the problematic **** from Twitter, she actually does make great music - regardless of personality.Although Azealia is mainly known for being the problematic **** from Twitter, she actually does make great music - regardless of personality. The only song I really do not like is Nude Beach A Go-Go, it's awful in my opinion. However, the rest of the album is absolutely brilliant. It really is a great album Expand
  7. Dec 9, 2018
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. uma chacota universal essa barraqueira do caralho fudida e deprimida, uma chacota de vdd Expand

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