Harlem hip-hop phenom Azealia Banks has linked up with a veteran New York rapper, LOX member Styles P, for a new track, “Nathan,” released on Saturday (June 30).
Produced by Drums of Death, “Nathan” displays the different microphone approaches of the upstart Banks and and elder statesman of NYC rap, with Styles’ duck-and-weave verse sandwiched between two sets of Azealia tongue-twisters. As synthesizers squeal beneath her voice, the 21-year-old Banks spits, “Ketchup, I’m hot dog, frankfurters, ya Nathan, but relish hatin’.”
Banks posted “Nathan” to her Twitter account on Saturday, hours after declaring, “Styles P is literally my FAVORITE rapper.” Like previous online releases “Jumanji” and “Aquababe,” the track may appear on Banks’ forthcoming “Fantasea” mixtape, due out on July 11. The rapper has previously issued the “1991” EP, which gave a home to her breakout single, “212.”
Meanwhile, Banks recently popped up on a remix to M.I.A.’s “Bad Girls,” which was released last week and also featured Missy Elliott. The remix will be released on a custom USB necklace, along with two other new cuts of the single.