Earlier in the year Moon wrote about Azealia Banks ("Bi Now, Gay Later"), and, I have to admit, I really didn't think much of her at the time—because, well, she's the age of my students.
But, last night, upon listening to a few tracks on her EP 1991, I had an epiphany moment:
Holy-fucking-shit it's like Missy Elliot and Aaliyah had a baby and named her Azealia Banks.
I actually always thought Missy and Aaliyah had an affair—at least in my dirty-sweet dreams they did. I mean, who didn't think this after watching the most lesbionic video of all time, Aaliyah's "If Your Girl Only Knew"?
There's something about the style and the rhythm—the smoothness of Aaliyah's voice measured by the quick beats of Missy—that make up Azealia Banks' music. Sexy and provocative (but not downright lecherous-n-nasty like Trina, or her offshoot, Triple-X peers, Lil Kim or, yes, Nicki Minaj), Banks is like the lesbian baby that existed only in my dreams.
Or, what about the track "1991," which aesthetically, and very explicitly, evokes Aaliyah (and not to mention, a few members of En Vogue)?
Whatever Banks' sexuality or, rather, sexual identity is or becomes, she's totally family to me.