Azealia Banks Goes Full-On Queen of Darkness in Police-Battling 'Yung Rapunxel' Video

The owls are (probably) not what they seem

Marc Hogan

Azealia Banks looks to be positioning herself as the demonic overlord of electronic dance music. Her Lil Internet-produced new single "Yung Rapunxel" relies more on visceral, hair-raising intensity of tracks like recent onstage collaborators Prodigy's "Breathe" than the filthily quotable rapping of her earlier peaks. Her more recent video, for "No Problems," proudly guest-stars EDM figurehead Steve Aoki. Now the "Yung Rapunxel" video, directed by previous Aoki collaborator Jam Sutton, makes Banks' evolution fully visible: The sassy rapper from her breakout viral "212" clip has been replaced by a mouth-eyed monster, attacking the police sampled on the track and holding court from a mechanical bull like she's a postmodern Tolkien villain. The owls that surround her recall Twin Peaks, where they had deeply sinister implications. When she kept telling us she was a "bad bitch," who knew she meant, like, really evil?

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