New Music: Azealia Banks – ‘Heavy Metal and Reflective’

Heavy Metal and Reflective

Banks is back. After parting ways with Universal Music earlier this month, Azealia returns with her new single “Heavy Metal and Reflective,” which she released via her own label, Azealia Banks Records.

On the throbbing banger, the Harlem spitfire slings some bossy bars, rapping about everything from Billie Jean to Tamagotchis.

“‘HEAVY METAL AND REFLECTIVE’ is an ASS-CLAPPERRRRRRRR !!!!!” she said. “All the big butts, little butts, fake butts and real butts gonna be clapping for their LIVESSSSS.”

The video, which she teased on Instagram, will premiere August 5, while the song goes to iTunes on Monday.

Her debut Broke With Expensive Taste will showcase her diversity. “There’s Opera, Jazz, Hip-Hop, House, Hardstyle, Merengue, Pop, and Soul on ‘BROKE WITH EXPENSIVE TASTE’. It’s truly an eclectic body of work!” tweeted Azealia.

Over the weekend, she shot the album packaging with photographer Rankin.



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69 Comments

  1. Arrogantmonsta

    I love this, I can’t get enough. yessss she really slayed my life I can’t wait for this new album. #BWET

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  2. JustCoastWitHa

    The Head Negress is BACCKKKKKK ! I live

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  3. Brian

    And some blind fans call her talented? Lmao this is so f#cking garbage.

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    JustCoastWitHa Reply:

    @Brian, U shouldn’t judge a song negatively on the first listen

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    KEN. Reply:

    @Brian,

    So I’m guessing you haven’t heard her mixtape and EP?

    She’s talented.

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  4. Ckruzz

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz’s

    I mean.. It ain’t horrible but it gets kinda boring, repetitive, audio NyQuil

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  5. Hmmmm

    Soooo this song just happened to “Leak” a day before Nicki’s Anaconda hmmmm, anyways its not that bad I like it

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    muthafucka Reply:

    @Hmmmm, lol do you honestly think Nicki even knows this bitch exists? please….
    This shit is terrible and is a testament to why she got dropped. nooooo hits

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    Raven-Symone Reply:

    @Hmmmm, Azealia isn’t sweating that soon to be has been

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    KEN. Reply:

    @Raven-Symone,

    With all this hype and the cover going viral?

    Don’t be so sure babe

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    lrn2lilinternet Reply:

    @KEN., You all are dumb asses. The cover art is out because the song is available for pre-order on Amazon. And the song was leaked because she released it elsewhere before releasing it everywhere. They got the song early and posted it publicly (on tumblr).

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    KEN. Reply:

    @lrn2lilinternet,

    No sir , you are the dumbass.

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    Oh Reply:

    @Hmmmm, Nicki is the one who RUSHED to put out Flopaconda cuz she saw AZEALIA bout to smash

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    KEN. Reply:

    @Oh,

    And now she has pushed back the release for next week.

    Maybe she wants Azealia to get some shine.

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    - Reply:

    @KEN., Lol!!!

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    #TeamMinaj Reply:

    @KEN.,

    hihihihihihi

    and they say nicki does care about other female rappers lol

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  6. Raven-Symone

    I’m a Stan but I’m just okay with this.. The quality is weird like cheap sounding, but i think a couple of plays will fix it.

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  7. Shameka

    Sounds like a Missy Elliot flow

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  8. Chal

    Love it!!!!!

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  9. Iggy Iggz

    Oh this flop bitch is still around ? LOL

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    aLEJO Reply:

    @Iggy Iggz, ya tought ya were the only hoe that could to that? Well, you is not. PENDEJA

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  10. Quindelray

    It’s cool I actually like her my dice but it does get a lol repetitive hmm maybe it will have to grow on me more lol 2014 is the year for female rappers I see!!! Lol get it ladies

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  11. KEN.

    Disappointed tbh

    We waited a year for this?

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    sassy Reply:

    @KEN., look just your name, you’re a nicki’s fan, why you are hearing banks’ music? you’re just jealous ‘cuz this is a banger, get out of here and go wait for that ridiculous and gross “anaconda” video

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    Oh Reply:

    @KEN., We? i thought u were a Barb

    lmaooo yall so insecure cuz yall know Nicki time is over

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    Beyy Reply:

    @Oh,

    And you’re an Iggy stan on a Azealia post.
    No one cares about this underground rapper, she ain’t taking no spot

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    KEN. Reply:

    What? So I can’t be a fan of more than one artist?

    Weird.

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  12. Kyle

    I think this is a lot better than her past couple songs she has released. She really might be able to redeem herself if she stays independent. She has already shown to the world that she is stubborn and doesn’t like doing anything on someone else’s terms. Good luck to her! I’m anxious to hear what else she has in store.

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  13. Staysnatching

    I love Banks, but this is just mediocre, defiantly not what i was expect severely disappointed tbh

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  14. GagaFentySpears

    I always thought she was better than Nicki lol but this is trash. She has much better songs than this one. Liquorice, 1991 and Van Vogue slay.

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  15. GagaFentySpears

    Heavy Metal Lover >>>>>>>>>> this garbage.

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  16. plastic

    this gay ash music I rather hear iggy o nicki gave her a try tho back to the uk biotch

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  17. plastic

    a second listen its trash

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  18. jonnyjon

    She in the same category as MIA now.

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    Oh Reply:

    @jonnyjon, Good. Azealia is in her own lane NOBODY sounds like her or can copy her style

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    Obama Reply:

    @Oh, yo deadass shut up, you lose all credibility for cosign this wack shit.

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  19. Ardy

    This rap style, flow, and sound sounds very Le1f…

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    Righteous Reply:

    @Ardy, Yes, it is isn’t it!

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  20. sassy

    Y’all niggas stay hating on some fresh new music, this song is totally innovated and cool, like is better than that bored shit “pills n’ potions” and that trashy pop “fancy” and the video looks so promising,so shut up, so many people hate banks, but all we know that she’s the female rap vanguardist right now and her music it’s just so advance…

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    mumi Reply:

    @sassy, *innovative *boring *avangardist *advanced

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    Raeen45 Reply:

    @mumi, I cried

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    Righteous Reply:

    @mumi, *avant-gardist….couldn’t resist.

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  21. mumi

    It’s unique and not really overwhelming but it can be used as a buzz single.

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  22. nathaniel

    this just killed all the nyc bitches i miss her this shit slap 24/7 team lil kim and ms banks

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  23. THEBEYGENCY

    Wow.. very disappointed. This is BAD.

    Azealia is done tbh.

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  24. jay

    good sh*t… tired of the commercial garbage that the pop femcees put out.

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  25. Raeen45

    I would rather hear Wallace than this shhh

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  26. James

    This song is super boring.

    I liked her mixtape and thought the tracks were innovative, 80s and 90s inspired–but this does not live up to that. I’m honestly questioning how she thinks this is a butt clapping track? It’s slow and her flow is slow. I’m not even interested in what she is mumbling on about. It’s that bad.

    She needs to go back to the drawing board and develop some new tracks. I feel like she is trying too hard and not working enough on her craft. Lately she seems more about intergalactic stage costumes then music.

    I can’t.

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  27. Andy

    So good she never wanted to be classified as rapper and mainstream because she ain’t none of those.

    Boring, her same boring flow and lyrics and the same electro -already dated- beat.

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  28. BEDSTUYFLY

    Ok this song bangs. The beat is sick!

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  29. I'm a Bad Bish I'm a Kunt

    Where’s Wallace?

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  30. Major Sushi

    Not bad. Now just shut your mouth and release songs.

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  31. Truthteller

    I really don’t understand why anytime azealia or nicki stuff gets posted, people get the urge to pin them against each other….they are such talented and trailblazing women and their music is very compatible….Nicki could jump on this track and kill it…Azealia would sound fire on those Nicki Hood beat songs…I’m just saying I really appreciate both of them but you guys insist on that negative shit.

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    mumi Reply:

    @Truthteller, Bless you. :)

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  32. Horrible

    This song is horrible. Why does she mumble?

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  33. Savage

    The reason why people say they can’t understand her is because they haven’t tapped into their full brain lol you can clearly hear her, but her word play is unorthodox and doesn’t allow you to comprehend. #notsobasiclyrics

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  34. John

    Solid song. Nice groove and laidback, clever bars. Certainly not something hot enough to shut up the haters, though that could never happen. Doesn’t bang as hard as her best tracks, but at least she’s back to sounding like herself. I just want a damn album instead of this release a song every six months ish.

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  35. femcees

    I’m loving this.. I hope she continues to release music and keep the excitement going. She is definitely a benefit to hiphop!

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  36. Black Dragon

    Dear Azealia: I always want you to win. You’re far too talented and beautiful-looking to fail! Just lay off dissing every rapper from jump, and you’ll get your platinum/diamond sales and the associated cheques! Sincerely, Me :) …

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  37. GEEZUS

    YASSSS Bitch. *claps ass*

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  38. EL

    Go to Rap Genius, read these lyrics and listen to this song again.

    Her wordplay is insane. Unreal.

    She’s not talking about Instagram and ass shots here, people.

    This is real lyricism. Metaphors, allegories, themes, double entendres with full meanings.

    She refuses to dumb it down, so it’s time the listeners smarten up.

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    Harlemite Reply:

    @EL, EGGZACKLEE! She is so witty and clever!

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    Savage Reply:

    @EL,

    Very well said. You took the words out of my mouth :) I actually reposted your comment on another site for all the dummies not use to this sound LOL. Thanks!

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  39. Harlemite

    These average hiphop listeners have a hard time understanding anything that isnt simple. Their used to those boring 3 to 5 minute songs with chorus’ and lame bridges.
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    Azealia Banks is the ONLY artist that utilizes a track properly. Her songs are short and to the point. Her use of alliteration always blows me away. This song makes a big statement. NOBODY CAN SEE HER ARTISTICALLY. She rides the beat like Biggie used to!

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    JustCoastWitHa Reply:

    @Harlemite, YAASSSSS

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  40. Deejay

    I’m not gonna front, I was one of the people laughing when her label let her go. But this shit is dope. Been on repeat for 2 days now. Reminds me of her mixtape and EP days with more radio appeal. Things are looking up for her if she makes the right moves. This is how Nicki should have came out the gate for The Pink Print. Instead of leading with that sleepy ass pills and potions shit.

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  41. JustCoastWitHa

    “I’m in every city, they say “HELLO” to the head b!tch. I be in that Borough, if you thorough, and that bread flip”

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  42. MJ

    SOOOOO GOOOD! <3 played like 40 times already

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  43. MuzikManiack

    This song is dope. The first song by her that I actually like!

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