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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.

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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: 84 out of 89
  2. Negative: 2 out of 89
  1. Nov 11, 2014
    10
    This album..... I can't put in words how much of a magical experience this album is. Takes you on a journey from the dancey Idele Delilah toThis album..... I can't put in words how much of a magical experience this album is. Takes you on a journey from the dancey Idele Delilah to problematic Antagonist Yung RapunRapunxel ans even more! A completely mellifluous album. 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. Feb 4, 2015
    10
    This album was one of the best of the year, Azealia could innovate bringing an album full of surprises and with a great voice and sound (sorryThis album was one of the best of the year, Azealia could innovate bringing an album full of surprises and with a great voice and sound (sorry I can not say the same of other...) my favorite on the album are: Soda, Ice Princess, 212, Idle Delilah and Chasing Time. Expand
  4. Nov 10, 2014
    10
    It is nothing what I expected, and I love it. Every song is unique on its own and shows how diverse Azealia can be. It's probably the mostIt is nothing what I expected, and I love it. Every song is unique on its own and shows how diverse Azealia can be. It's probably the most innovative released by a rapper in a long time. Take notes Kanye! 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 30, 2016
    9
    One of the best albums I've heard que In all my life . The sound is nice and aggressive , a combination that does not go unnoticed . Plus ownOne of the best albums I've heard que In all my life . The sound is nice and aggressive , a combination that does not go unnoticed . Plus own voice beyond a mere rapper. Congratulations. Expand
  7. Dec 9, 2018
    0
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