Surprise! Azealia Banks Releases Long-Overdue Debut Album


Check the sky for flying piglets—Azealia Banks has finally released her debut album, Broke With Expensive Taste. The long-awaited (and then forgotten) LP popped up on Spotify’s servers on Thursday morning, unplayable. Hours later, the 23-year-old MC tweeted a link to buy her rookie project on iTunes, writing, “Wait is over.” Oldies like “212,” which first catapulted Banks to stardom three years ago, and “Yung Rapunzel” appear on the 16-track project, along with new songs. Banks parted ways with Universal Music Group in July, and released Broke With Expensive Taste via the record label Prospect Park.

Read it at Stereogum.

Common Hosts a Reality Competition About Furniture

Common is hosting the unlikeliest of competition reality series. He’s not judging poets on their most creative stanzas or aspiring actors on their ability to cry on the spot. Nope. Common Sense is hosting the first-ever show about furniture design. The show’s name is Framework, and according to its home network, Spike TV, “The designers will work with unconventional materials and will be asked to rethink classic designs and demonstrate their creativity.” Framework debuts on January 6, 2015, and will grant furniture designers the chance for their work to be sold by major manufacturers, plus a cash prize. Anticipate some serious couch clashes.

Read it at Shadow and Act.

An Alleged Image of Kanye West’s Yeezi Sneaker Hits the Internet

Rarely does the thirst for a rapper’s sneaker match the longing for an album. But Kanye West has managed to keep rabid fans fiending for his footwear. And now there’s a first look. Hypebeast spotted an image of ’Ye on a plane looking over a previously unseen shoe, presumably his anticipated Adidas debut, The Yeezi. The sneaker—his first since leaving Nike—skews high fashion, with a zip-up side, nubuck upper and the signature strap retained by the previous Air Yeezy models. Kanye has previously stated that the Yeezi would hit stores in November, but there’s no official release date yet.

Read it at Hypebeast.