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Azealia Banks Bio

New York-native Azealia Banks went viral on the web with her underground hit “212” featuring Lazy Jay. She’s been praised by critics and fans for her undeniable talent, cool new sound and edgy lyrics, now the 21-year-old rapper/singer is climbing her way to the top. Find out more in her Kidzworld Bio!

Early Azealia

Azealia Banks grew up in Harlem, New York and has two older sisters. When she was just two years old her father passed away, leaving her mother to raise her three daughters alone. Even at a young age Azealia was always interested in acting and singing and by age ten had started performing in off-Broadway musicals with the Tada! Youth Theater in Lower Manhattan and also attended a performing arts high school in Manhattan. By 16 she had already landed a starring role in dark comedy musical called City of Angels, and spurred by her success knew that she wanted to pursue a career as a recording artist.

Miss Bank$ in Montreal

Azealia originally started to release recordings under the name Miss Bank$ and was quickly picked up by XL Recordings. However due to extreme artistic differences she left the label within a year, disillusioned with the industry. She left the name Miss Bank$ behind and packed bags for Montreal to reinvent herself. Using YouTube as a means of getting her music to the public she released a cover of Interpol’s hit song “Slow Hands”, her own original song “L8R” and eventually the song that spread like wildfire through blogs everywhere – “212”. Released in September 2011 as a free download , “212” had listeners enthralled, mixing both her incredible skills as a lyricist, rapper and singer.

Azealia BanksShe recently released a full length vid for the song "Licorice"
 

Broke With Expensive Tastes

After the overnight success of “212” Banks started to work on her debut album with British producer Paul Epworth who helped produce Adele’s album 21. In February of this year she announced that the title of her debut album is Broke with Expensive Tastes, and in May she announced she would be releasing the mixtape Fantasea and released the track “Jumanji”. She also released the track "NeedSumLuv” featuring  Aaliyah on the late R&B singer’s 33rd birthday and had her song "Bambi" picked up for Paris Fashion Week and also put out the extended play 1991 in the UK. She managed to land on tastemaker NME's "Cool List" and the BBC's "Sounds of 2012", and is set and ready to take over the rap world.

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Hello and welcome to the first installment of my new series "Alpha Reviews". Whenever I see a new movie, I'll write a review of it here. Don't worry, the first part of the review will be spoiler free, and I'll make sure to give a warning when I talk more about the specifics of the movie.  Today I'll be looking at Roland Emmerich's sequel to (arguably) his greatest work, Independence Day. His original alien disaster film came out in 1996, and while it wasn't a major hit with the critics, it trounced the box office by raking in more money than any other film of that year. Over the past two decades, love for the movie has only grown, and it's now seen as the ultimate popcorn movie.  So how did the sequel hold up? Well...it's not easy to tell. On the one hand, there are some things that this movie did really well. On the other, this movie had moments that I absolutely hated. This is such a hard movie to crituique. Not because there's nothing to critique, but because there's so much right and wrong in the movie that making a final call on it is hard to do.  For one, the story is serviceable. I can buy pretty much everything that they're saying. While there are a few obvious plot holes, impeccable writing isn't what you expect from ID.  The characters vary from the fun and interesting to the idiotic and annoying. Jeff Goldblum does a great job here, and so does Bill Pullman and William Fitchener. As for the new characters? Not so much. The (arguably) two main characters are played by discount Chris Hemsworth (Liam Hemsworth), and discount Micheal B. Jordan (Jessie Usher). Neither give a stunning performance. And my goodness, there is one character in this movie who is so stereotypical and unrealistic, that it literally made me facepalm when I saw it. You'll know who I'm talking about if you've seen the movie. But, the movie is set up so that everyone gets a healthy slice of screen time, so it's okay.  The action is phenomenal, but kind of unoriginal. The first real action scene we have is the destruction of London. Know what it looks exactly like? The destruction of Paris in 2012. Know who directed 2012? Roland Emmerich. Now, I'm one of the few who enjoyed that movie, so I'm fine with it. And most of the other scenes do have a more original feel to them. But, this guy doesn't stop at copying his own movies. There's an action scene where they're on the moon, it looks exactly like Prometheus. I guess I can forgive some of this, but come on, really?  The nostalgia was WAY off the charts. I count this as a category for review because it's what old movie sequels do now. Some do it at the right amount, some don't do it enough, and some...like this film...do it all the time. Almost everything is recycled from the past movie, and there so many callbacks that it's hard to remember them all. But I will give it credit, some of them had me laughing. But, some of them made we want to scream "You're not even trying!" in the theater.  All in all? I'd say that you need to see this movie if you had any enjoyment out of the first one. But, just know that this has a lot more nonsense to put up with, even though it does give much of the entertainment value of the first one in return. I can't guarantee that you won't be disappointed, but if you go into it expecting a mix of good and bad, you'll be glad to see the good parts of a true classic film on the big screen once again.  That's it here. What were your thoughts on the movie? Who do you think gave the best performance? What did you want to see more of? Post what you think about Independence Day: Resurgence below. 
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