Controversial rapper Azealia Banks has released her first piece of new music since announcing her departure from Universal Music earlier this month.
The new track, titled “Heavy Metal and Reflective,” is currently available on iTunes in New Zealand and will be released everywhere else on July 29, according to NME. The song was produced by Lil Internet, who Banks previously worked with on “Yung Rapunxel,” and is expected to be included on her long-delayed debut album, "Broke With Expensive Taste.” Less than 24 hours after the song was made available, "Heavy Metal And Reflective" charted No. 1 on the Twitter Trending 140.
oy!! "HEAVY METAL AND REFLECTIVE" LEAKED! It's okay because y'all need that new new anyway! Go find it and start shaking ya ass!!!
— AZEALIA ️ BANKS (@AZEALIABANKS) July 27, 2014
The music video for “Heavy Metal and Reflective” will be released on Aug. 5, according to a tweet from Banks. Listen below.
On July 10, two-and-a-half years after being signed to Universal Music, Banks departed the label without ever releasing a proper album. "IM ABOUT TO GET OUT OF MY DEAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THATS THE BIG SURPRISE!!!!!" she posted to Twitter. "I'm feeling like miss celie at the end of color purple. … Free at last."
"Broke With Expensive Taste" was originally set for a fall 2012 release, but was pushed to February 2013 and then evaporated into thin air.
"Can someone at Sony buy me off of Universal please?? I'm really in hell here," Banks reportedly tweeted last January. Although the rapper has not detailed her next move, she did write on Thursday, "Ugh, now I get to be the cool indie chick I imagined I would be when I was 14!!!"