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April 18, 2013  | by: Susie Bijan
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In Azealia Banks’ music video for her initial hit single, “212,” the Harlem-based rapper donned a Mickey Mouse sweater and her best camera-ready smile as she spit out some (notoriously) nasty rhymes. The video officially put Banks on everyone’s radar, partly due to the fact that it was hard to ignore a girl with pig tails and a cheeky grin (who was only 20, nonetheless) screaming “I’m-a ruin you, c***.”

The days of superficial innocence are long gone for Banks, however. Banks recently unveiled the much-teased music video for “Yung Rapunxel,” the first single off her new album, Broke With Expensive Taste, and it’s chock-full of devilish imagery.

The clip opens with Banks giving an absolutely deadpan look to the camera, as a gaping hole in her forehead releases an owl (with stylish mismatching eye colors, by the way) for fresh kill. It’s a jolting and promising start, and the flashing purple background only increases the general feeling of wickedness.

Then the music video lunges into what seems like an Illuminati training session for the Wikipedia-dependent audience. Riot police, ominous mist, singular eyeballs, more owls and a mechanical bull also make appearances, in addition to screaming mouths replacing Banks’ eye sockets like in the single’s (equally creepy) cover art. And to elaborate, I actually don’t know why Banks is riding a mechanical bull and how that’s related to the Illuminati, but she is under a crescent moon (so that makes everything automatically occult-ish, I guess).

In “Yung Rapunxel,” Banks is repeatedly heard saying “I wanna’ be freaky.” And near the middle of the song, she stays true to her words and unleashes a killer tirade where she’s screaming her lungs out until every verse sounds unabashedly raw. The song is viscous and full of aggression,  but the accompanying music video (directed by James Sutton, by the way) only captures these emotions on a superficial level by focusing on a slew of cheap, overused references.

What do you think of the music video for “Yung Rapunxel”? Tell us below.

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