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M.I.A. has switched up her speaker-rattling single "Bad Girls" in recent days with not just one but two remixes featuring some of hip-hop's most fiery females. Days after dropping a woozy revamp with her spunky protégée Rye Rye and game-changing femcee Missy Elliott, she swapped out Rye for rising raptress Azealia Banks.
The latest take on "Bad Girls" leaves more of the original instrumentation intact versus the Rye Rye mix, mostly putting a bunch of chirpy alarms and a dubstep-esque spin on things. Elliott, with decades of otherworldly rhymes behind her, has little to prove but is decidedly more aggressive than the cool, sly lyricism she typically serves up. However, Banks is owning things with her dizzying, swift bars bursting with quirky metaphors - and similes - such as "You take orders like a chicken sauté." It sounds like a star-making verse with the fleeting, she-just-shut-it-down energy of Nicki Minaj's epic "Monster" feature. But, hey, The Boston Globe did predict 2012 would be big for Banks.
Listen to the track at HipHop-n-More but note, there is some adult language.
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