Azealia Banks transforms into Medusa, rides snake in ‘Ice Princess’ video

Azealia Banks continued the promo cycle for her long awaited debut full-length “Broke With Expensive Taste” on Tuesday with the release of a music video for single “Ice Princess.” And what a video it is.

Directed by We Were Monkeys, the clip uses eye-popping digital animation to turn Ms. Banks into the ice royalty of the title. And not just any ice royalty; Medusa-like ice royalty, the perfect imagery for AraabMuzik’s chilly, hard-edged production. In a motif slightly reminiscent of Nicki Minaj’s “One” lyric video (but far enough removed from European signifiers so it doesn’t feel like clueless appropriation of tragic history), she commands a loyal army of ice robots as snakes slither around her. She shoots colored orbs out of the sky. She rides a giant snake.  She is not afraid to be a boss bitch!

I never thought I’d see a video that managed to evoke Nicki, Mykki Blanco, seapunk, and Disney’s “Frozen” all at one, but then, Banks has always been a master remixer of culture. I look forward to whatever collaborative weirdness springs forth from this album next.