Angel Haze Vs. Azealia Banks: Who Won?
Pros: Banks' "No Problems" is wonderfully mastered, and is provided with some heft on a beat by genre-swirling basshead Machinedrum. Banks has a more agile flow than Haze, typically rapping more quickly and more smoothly and she sounds in command here, whipping through subliminals as if she isn't particularly invested in the matter at hand (which, honestly, she probably isn't, having more to worry about with the aforementioned album delays.) Banks' gift for wordplay still shimmers; her lines don't necessarily pack a punch but they're rattled off so smoothly that they still end up sounding fierce.
This bitch broad got blue balls Hard pressed 'cause I took off I'm funk fresh from New York Slay the beat 'cause these wannabees Wanna be the buzz Angels need Jesus, angles, features Live show, PR, they made the baby, You can't beat us
Cons: Other than a few tossed-off references to Angel and her output, Azealia's song could be about anybody. It even sounds as if it might have been a discarded album track with a few fresh insults added--there's just not really much to work here. It's a relatively strong song but lacks specificity. Fans need some fire to get behind, but will find nary a spark here.
VERDICT: Banks may yet respond to "Shut the Fuck Up" with a little more vitriol, but as of now Haze is the clear winner. Caring more might not make you look cooler, but it does win you rap battles. "Shut the Fuck Up" is the only one of these three songs that has the focus and passion to become a memorable moment in a genre where diss tracks seem like another facet of the '90s revivalism we've been seeing so much of lately.