Listen To Azealia Banks Cover The Strokes’ ‘Barely Legal’

Listen to Azealia Banks' cover of The Strokes' "Barely Legal."

Azealia Banks crosses genre lines with her synthed-out cover of The Strokes’ “Barely Legal.”

We’ve been waiting for new music from fire-breathing rapper Azealia Banks for quite some time. We’ve had Azealia’s 1991 EP and 2012′s Fantasea mixtape on repeat for ages, BUT lately it feels like despite her talent, she’s becoming a liiittle more notorious for starting Twitter rants/beefs/homophobic slurs than for her work in the recording studio. (Not taking sides! Just saying!) To add insult to injury, Azealia has pushed back her highly anticipated new track “Yung Rapunxel” AND debut album, Broke with Expensive Taste, AGAIN. But there is some good news: we forgot for a second that Azealia’s got a penchant for doing AWESOME cross-genre covers! Check out this track of her covering The Strokes‘ “Barely Legal,” which ought to hold everyone over till Broke with Expensive Taste surfaces (hopefully) this month.

Listen to Azealia Banks’ cover of The Strokes’ “Barely Legal” after the jump.

Here’s the best part about Azealia’s Strokes cover — it BARELY resembles the original, but that doesn’t make it unlistenable. In fact, we give Azealia serious cover props for revamping “Barely Legal,” which was originally a vintage-inspired fuzzy rock-and-roll ballad. Now, Azealia’s given “Barely Legal” a dancy-clubby makeover, replacing Fabrizio Moretti’s drumming with straight-up electronic beats. Again, not a bad thing, just different. Singing over trippy, dissonant synth notes and spliced ‘n’ diced drums, Azealia confesses in a computerized voice, “I just want to misbehave, I want to be your slave.” Awesome, Azealia — let’s keep the new (or cover) tunes coming, OK? Don’t be afraid to unplug from Twitter for a sec!

+ Listen to Azealia Banks’ cover of The Strokes’ “Barely Legal.”

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