When Harlem rapper Azealia Banks first announced the impending release of her debut album Broke With Expensive Taste, all the way back in early 2012, the world was a different place. Her addictive single “212” was making the Rap Internet go bananas, her nemesis (or at least one of them) Iggy Azalea was just another newcomer with one hot song, and Universal was willing to gamble big that she was going to become the first female rap superstar of the new decade.
Since then she’s seen first Nicki Minaj and then Iggy take the spots she seemed destined for, she’s burned through most of the goodwill she’d acquired with a seemingly interminable series of poorly judged Twitter beefs, and Universal’s dropped her. But as of today, the multiply-delayed BWET is actually available for purchase.
Earlier today Spotify posted a placeholder for the album, and Banks has since released the album through iTunes on her own Azealia Banks Records imprint. Many of the 16 tracks have been previously released, including “212,” “Yung Rapunxel,” and “Heavy Metal and Reflective.”