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Fantasea Mixtape
Fantasea
Azealia Banks - Fantasea.png
Mixtape by Azealia Banks
ReleasedJuly 11, 2012 (2012-07-11)
Recorded2010-2012
Genre
Length56:49
LabelSelf-released
Producer
Azealia Banks chronology
1991
(2012)
Fantasea
(2012)
Broke with Expensive Taste
(2014)

Fantasea is the debut mixtape by American hip hop recording artist Azealia Banks, released as a free download on July 11, 2012.[4][5]

On March 2, 2018, it was released to streaming services with 'No Problems' replacing 'Esta Noche' and 'Salute'.

Background

Banks first announced the possibility of a mixtape on May 10, when she tweeted, "So y'all will be getting, 1991 EP this month, the FANTASTIC mixtape for the summer, and Broke With Expensive Taste, in the Fall".[6] On May 30, Banks took to Twitter again to announce her plans to alter the title of the mixtape from Fantastic to Fantasea.[7] Banks released the album cover of "Fantasea" via Instagram on July 9. Banks later confirmed that Fantasea would have 18 tracks (15 originals and 3 remixes). Via Twitter, Banks spoke on the mixtape saying "Fantasea is almost kind of a first album of sorts....but it happened by mistake.... It's weird". "This is a test run... I tried a lot of cool things... Sounds I thought were progressive, beats made by close friends, different flowsss."[8]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Robert Christgau(2-star Honorable Mention)[9]
The Guardian4/5 stars[10]
Pitchfork Media7.6/10[11]
Respect.favorable[12]
Spin8/10[13]
Sputnikmusic4/5 stars[14]
The Sourcefavorable[15]

Fantasea was subject to highly positive reviews from music critics. The Guardians Graeme Virtue wrote that the mixtape "showcase[s] an artist brimming with ideas" and gave it a rating of four stars (out of five).[16]Spin gave the album a rating of 8 out of 10 and wrote that the album "makes her [Banks] sounds mega-industrious."[13]

Promotion

Song releases

On May 11, 2012, Banks released the track "Jumanji" online as a free digital download. Produced by Hudson Mohawke and Nick Hook, the track served as the first song set to feature on the upcoming mixtape.[17] A second track, "Aquababe"—produced by EPROM and Machinedrum—was released online on June 13.[18] Ahead of its release on July 11, Banks released a third track, "Nathan" on June 30. Featuring American rapper Styles P, "Nathan" was produced by Drums of Death.[19] Azealia spoke on the song Nathan saying "I'm that rap girl who's out here and doesn't have another rapper behind her, but she's got all this mouth and she's all over the place, So [this collaboration] was cool for me [because I'm like] 'What ya'll gonna say now, when I bust out with that Styles P record?' Ya'll not gon' call me fake and make fun of me for having one song. Yeah, I make lil' dance music and ya'll got jokes, whatever--watch when I come out with the Styles P record."[20] Banks released the song "Neptune" featuring Shystie online on July 10, 2012. She also released music videos for "Luxury" and "Atlantis" on September 27 and November 11, 2012, respectively.[21][22]

"Esta Noche" was planned to be released as the mixtape's first official single on September 25, 2012, but due to the song's producer, Munchi, refusing to give permission for the track's release, the plans were cancelled.[23]

Tour

In support of Fantasea, Banks embarked on her first headlining concert tour titled Mermaid Ball.[24]

Track listing

No.TitleProducer(s)Length
1."Out of Space"Liam Howlett[a]2:34
2."Neptune" (featuring Shystie)Ikonika[b]3:57
3."Atlantis"O/W/W/W/L/S2:29
4."Fantasea"Machinedrum[c]4:29
5."Fuck Up the Fun"Diplo, DJ Master D2:25
6."Ima Read"Zebra Katz[d]1:02
7."Fierce"Drums of Death[e]3:14
8."Chips"O/W/W/W/L/S3:48
9."Nathan" (featuring Styles P)Drums of Death3:24
10."L8R"Machinedrum2:42
11."Jumanji"Hudson Mohawke, Nick Hook2:55
12."Aquababe"EPROM & Machinedrum[f]3:45
13."Runnin'"Lunice3:30
14."Us"O/W/W/W/L/S2:46
15."Paradiso"RRXL0:49
16."Luxury"Machinedrum2:45
17."Azealia (Skit)" 1:03
18."Esta Noche"Munchi[g]3:14
19."Salute"AraabMuzik[h]1:27

Notes

  1. ^ The song "Out of Space" samples the track of the same name, originally by The Prodigy.
  2. ^ The song "Neptune" samples the track "Heston", originally by Ikonika
  3. ^ The song "Fantasea" samples the track "Fantastix", originally by Machinedrum.
  4. ^ The song "Ima Read" samples the track of the same name, originally by Zebra Katz featuring Njena Reddd Foxxx.
  5. ^ The song "Fierce" samples the track of the same name, originally by Drums of Death, it also samples Work It Girlfriend by Jack & Jill.
  6. ^ The song "Aquababe" samples the track "Regis Chillbin (Machinedrum Remix)", originally by Eprom.
  7. ^ The song "Esta Noche" samples the track of the same name, originally by Munchi.
  8. ^ The song "Salute" samples the track of the same name, originally by AraabMuzik.

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References

  1. ^ Carley, Brennan (November 6, 2014). "Azealia Banks Silences Haters on Debut 'Broke With Expensive Taste'". Archived from the original on January 7, 2015. Retrieved .. Spin.
  2. ^ Horowitz, Steven J. (7 November 2014). "Album Review: Azealia Banks Surprises on 'Broke With Expensive Taste'". Billboard. Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ "AZEALIA BANKS STILL HASN'T GOT AN ALBUM OUT". Noisey. 2 January 2013. Retrieved 2016.
  4. ^ "Azealia Banks "Fantasea" Tracklist & Cover Art". HipHop DX. June 25, 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  5. ^ "Azealia Banks gives away free 19-track mixtape 'Fantasea'". NME. IPC Media. Retrieved 2013.
  6. ^ "Azealia Banks confirms new mixtape, Fantastic, for Summer release". Digital Spy. 2012-05-10. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "Azealia Banks changes title of mixtape". NME. IPC Media. 2012-05-30. Retrieved .
  8. ^ "New Music: Azealia Banks f/ Shystie - 'Neptune'". Rap-Up.com. Retrieved .
  9. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Consumer Guide: Azealia Banks". Consumer Guide. Archived from the original on August 7, 2014.
  10. ^ Virtue, Graeme (September 30, 2012). "Azealia Banks - review". The Guardian. Archived from the original on March 20, 2015.
  11. ^ Hogan, Mark (July 23, 2012). "Azealia Banks: Fantasea". Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on December 24, 2014.
  12. ^ Kearse, Stephen (July 17, 2012). "Azealia Banks Tries, Fails and Succeeds on 'Fantasea'". Respect.
  13. ^ a b Tate, Greg (July 16, 2012). "Azealia Banks, 'Fantasea' (self-released mixtape)". Spin. Archived from the original on October 8, 2014.
  14. ^ Tao, Conrad (July 15, 2012). "Fantasea Review". Sputnikmusic. Archived from the original on January 30, 2013.
  15. ^ DiBenedetto, Salvatore (July 18, 2012). "Azealia Banks 'Fantasea' Mixtape Review". The Source. Archived from the original on March 20, 2015.
  16. ^ Graeme Virtue. "Azealia Banks - review". the Guardian.
  17. ^ "Azealia Banks debuts new track, "Jumanji"". Digital Spy. 2012-05-11. Retrieved .
  18. ^ "Azealia Banks debuts new track, "Aquababe"". Digital Spy. 2012-06-13. Retrieved .
  19. ^ "Azealia Banks releases catty "Nathan" artwork". idolator.com. 2012-06-29. Retrieved .
  20. ^ "New Music: Azealia Banks f/ Styles P - 'Nathan'". Rap-Up.com. 2012-06-30. Retrieved .
  21. ^ "Video: Azealia Banks - 'Luxury'". Rap-Up.
  22. ^ "Video: Azealia Banks - 'Atlantis'". Rap-Up.
  23. ^ Minsker, Evan (26 September 2012). "Azealia Banks Pulls Single "Esta Noche" After Producer Munchi Denies Permission". pitchfork.com. Retrieved .
  24. ^ Lipshutz, Jason (June 4, 2012). "Azealia Banks Brings a Mermaid Ball to NYC". Billboard.

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