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Released TBA
Recorded 2013-2021
Length TBA
Producers Cirkut
Dr. Luke
An Expresso
Jamie Hince
Junior Sanchez
KAYTRANADA
Lone (MC)
Lunice
NEWBODY
OAK
O/W/W/W/L/S
Paul Oakenfold
Pharrell Williams
Label Chaos & Glory Recordings
Discography
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From Fantasea II: The Second Wave
  1. "Escapades"
    Released: September 1, 2017
  2. "Anna Wintour"
    Released: April 6, 2018
  3. "Treasure Island"
    Released: July 6, 2018
  4. "Count Contessa" (promotional single)
    Released: December 14, 2019

"Fantasea II: The Second Wave" is a yet-unreleased album from Azealia Banks, most likely her third major-release. The album was put on a temporary cancellation on July 16, 2018, however, two months later Azealia said the album will still be released.

Background[]

Planned as the follow-up to Banks mixtape Fantasea (2012), the album was developed since 2013 and through the following years.

The album was originally intended for a July 11, 2014 release following the 2013 single "Count Contessa". The album would eventually be put on hold as Banks would release her debut album "Broke With Expensive Taste" in November 2014. In 2017, Banks released the second promotional single "Escapades" in support of the upcoming album. In 2018, Banks signed to eOne Music, and released the singles "Anna Wintour" and "Treasure Island" as well as the promotional single "Movin' On Up (Coco's Song, Love Beats Rhymes)" in anticipation for the album. In mid-2018, Banks cancelled the project, but work on the album continued. In August it was announced that the album would still be released someday. Banks would later separate from eOne Music in late 2018.

On May 27, 2018, Azealia tweeted that the album cover would be released recently, however, it was not until July 8 of the same year that she finally shared the cover on Instagram.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10]

In June 2019, Banks took to her Instagram to say she would never release a full body of work as she felt the world was not deserving her music, but a few days later she posted pictures working in a studio with Russian producers. In the same month, she shared a snippet of "Icy Pisces", and she was looking for a singer to feature on it, thus proving the album would still in development.

On August 13, 2019, Banks hinted through her Instagram a possibility of the album to be changed again, as she introduced a concept titled "Seapunk". It is unclear if the album has been renamed or if it is a project apart. Also, Azealia said she would "drop the cheesy mermaid doodles" from the concept of the album, which may reinforce the theory that Fantasea II has been scrapped in favour of Seapunk. No more information has been given since. But it is likely that she refers to her own conception of Seapunk that would be illustrated in Fantasea II, she has already reiterated in interviews that Seapunk was a world where she could explore and connect with herself.

Fantasea II: The Second Wave is one of three projects Banks is planning to release in the future, the other two being Business & Pleasure and a remastered version of YUNG RAPUNXEL PT. II.

In early 2021, Azealia moved to Miami and began re-recording the tracks and creating new songs for the album.[11] Azealia did a livestream on Instagram (April 16, 2021) and has told fans that the album will be released in the summer of 2021. She also played a still unreleased cover called "Surfer Boy" by The Supremes.[12]

On June 27, 2021, Azealia shares a photo in the studio during the album writing process on Instagram.[13] That same day, Azealia said through her Instagram stories that "Paradiso II" and "Treasure Island" were produced by Dr. Luke and that she did not intend to rule out their art for a controversy.

Music and composition[]

Azealia describing the creative process through her Instagram account on August 14, 2019:

"One of the hardest parts about creating a cohesive project is agreeing with yourself on what that experience entails. While it’s entirely more modern for an artists output to be incentivized by data-grabbing and create their universes that way (like , releasing music and albums just to satiate the public’s insatiable appetite for new content {tbh; a bit of that wouldn’t hurt me 🌚}) I’ve felt for years that the second installation to The original Fantasea Mixtape needed to be Monumental. In hindsight, my early interpretations of “Seapunk,” were far more complex than anything the mind of some ironic tumblr jokester could produce. Seapunk resonated deeply with me as a child of Yemaya; the mother of all fishes. I was very early in my spiritual and musical studies at the time (2012) and heavily reliant on messages that came from her to guide The experience , the attitude, and the messages which (unbeknownst to me at the time) drew direct parallels to prophecies left behind by other sea children, a group named Drexciya. That’s when I knew that Seapunk was real and Yemaya was the Source of it All. Re-imagining Seapunk 1.0 has not been an easy task. Breathing new life into a latent cyber-era in this hyper-social-media era as an independent artist is ambitious but I didn’t come this far just to come this far lol. There can be no fantasea two without seapunk 2.0.

Alas, Seapunk 2.0 is finally starting to fucking conceptualize . *passes out in piles of unreleased songs and mermaid wigs* Spiritual exhaustion but the good hot yoga kind lol."[14]

Artwork[]

Singles[]

  • "Count Contessa" was released as the first promotional single on September 16, 2013, and the music video was released on December 6, 2015. The song was officially re-released on all platforms on December 14, 2019.
  • "Escapades" was released as the second promotional single from the album on September 1, 2017. The music video was released on October 30, 2017.
  • "Movin' On Up (Coco's Song, Love Beats Rhymes)" was released as the third promotional single from the album on March 9, 2018.
  • "Anna Wintour" was released as the first official single from the album on April 6, 2018 with the music video was released on May 24, 2018.
  • "Treasure Island" was released as the second single from the album on July 6, 2018.

Released tracks[]

The following tracks are available for purchase / streaming as of November 2019.

Early track listing[]

  1. Lorelei
  2. Icy Pisces (feat. an unknown artist)
  3. Chaos and Glory (feat. Luciana Caparaso)
  4. Along The Coast (feat. an unknown artist)
  5. Gon' Learn (feat. Connie Diamond)
  6. Ain’t Know (feat. Safaree)
  7. Taste's State (feat. Busta Rhymes)
  8. Paradiso II
  9. Treasure Island
  10. Anna Wintour
  11. Count Contessa (Redux)
  12. Pyrex Princess (feat. Dave East)
  13. Escapades
  14. Venus
  15. Movin' On Up
  16. Playhouse
  17. Desert Beat
  18. Blossom
  19. In Excelsis
  20. Chi Chi
  21. TBD
  22. TBD

Updated track listing[]

Time after the first track listing was posted, a second one was published by Azealia Banks. Instead of 22 tracks, it only features 16, from which "Chi Chi", "Pyrex Princess" and "Ain't Know" are all excluded, possibly because of their consideration into the track listing for Business & Pleasure. Even though "Playhouse" is not considered to be in Business & Pleasure, it was also avoided from the list. The new track listing contains the following songs:

No. Title Writer(s) Producer Length
1 "Lorelei" (feat. Jamie Hince) Azealia Banks • Jamie Hince Jamie Hince
2 "Icy Pisces" Banks O/W/W/W/L/S
3 "Chaos and Glory" (feat. Luciana Caparaso) Banks • Luciana Caparaso O/W/W/W/L/S
4 "Along The Coast" Banks • Jack Fuller • KAYTRANADA KAYTRANADA 3:13
5 "N*ggas Gon' Learn" (feat. Connie Diamond) Banks • Connie Diamond KAYTRANADA
6 "Taste's State" (feat. Busta Rhymes) Banks • Machinedrum • Kevin Hussein • Busta Rhymes Machinedrum 3:31
7 "Paradiso II" Banks Cirkut • Dr. Luke
8 "Treasure Island" Banks • Dr. Luke • Kevin Hussein • Cirkut Cirkut • Dr. Luke 3:21
9 "Anna Wintour" Banks • Dorian Strickland • Hussein • Junior Sanchez • Shug Junior Sanchez 4:34
10 "Count Contessa" Banks Lone 5:05
11 "Escapades" Banks O/W/W/W/L/S 4:04
12 "Venus" Banks • Paul Oakenfold Oakenfold 3:22
13 "Movin' On Up" Banks NEWBODY • An Expresso 3:52
14 "Desert Beat" Banks
15 "Blossom" Banks O/W/W/W/L/S 3:31
16 "In Excelsis" Banks NEWBODY 2:20

Other songs[]

It is unknown if these songs will be part of the final cut of the album or not.

Gallery[]

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Trivia[]

  • As of November 2019, thirteen songs from the album have been released or leaked: "Along the Coast", "Treasure Island", "Anna Wintour", "Count Contessa", "Pyrex Princess", "Taste's State", "Escapades", "Venus", "Movin' on Up", "Playhouse", "Blossom", "In Excelsis", and "Chi Chi". 
  • "Anna Wintour" was originally intended to feature Mel B, and ultimately, Nicki Minaj, but due to scheduling conflicts it was changed to a solo song.
  • "Pyrex Princess" was also meant to have a feature. It's unknown who, since it was released as a solo track in 2018.
  • Azealia told fans to guess who would be featured in certain songs. Someone guessed that Jhene Aiko would be featured in "Icy Pisces", and Azealia responded "🤔 " reinforcing the theory that either the fan was correct or Banks plans a Jhene Aiko collaboration in the future.
  • "Along the Coast" was previously released in 2016, in Azealia's mixtape Slay-Z. This version does not include a featured artist.
  • All three "Chi Chi", "Pyrex Princess" and "Ain't Know" are planned to be released in Business & Pleasure, which might indicate these three have been cut off the track listing for Fantasea II: The Second Wave.
  • "Taste's State" was released in Banks' official SoundCloud account. In the description she posted that she "wanted a proper release but busta said it sounded it dated ( i disagree)" (sic), but she uploaded the track because it "deserves to be heard tho" (sic). Possibly, the song has been scrapped off the project.
  • As of December 2020, the album has no defined release date, but it is expected to be released sometime in 2021.

References[]

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