Erica Banks, a dancer and choreographer in New York City, is training for her upcoming performance at the Met Breuer. The show’s theme is “A Choreography of Prejudice.”

“azealia banks house” is a song by Azealia Banks. It was released on the “Broke with Expensive Taste” album in 2013. In the song, Banks raps about her life and how she’s one fierce hipster.

In concert, Erica Banks demonstrates she's one fierce hip

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Unfamiliar with the female musical artist named Summer Walker? Well, she is not a rocker, indie-folkster, rapper or pop princess… In simplest terms, the uber-talented Atlanta-born songstress is well on her way to becoming a world-famous, first-class R&B diva. Devotees of pure, unadulterated soul are showing their undying love for her by buying up every single to her current U.S. tour. “The Summer Walker Series” tour stop in Houston, Texas was no exception, the first announced show would sell-out in less than an hour. Consequently, any support or opening act on the tour was assured maximum exposure.

Most of Walker’s fans were, more than likely, expecting a evening filled with the smooth, sultry sounds of up-and-coming R&B crooners. Imagine their collective surprise when it was revealed that the night’s bill would include two quasi-singing male upstarts (NO1-NOAH and MarvXXL) and two-time American Music Award-nominated rapper Erica Banks, the self-proclaimed “Da Flow Queen.” Maybe you’ve heard Erica’s signature song, the explicit lyric-filled “Buss It?” While you may not have heard this men’s club anthem, music-lovers across the globe have streamed the tune an astonishing 113,543,287 times (at press time), and this is even after it first went viral on TikTok in 2020. This rapping ode to contemporary dirty dancing (Songfacts reports “bussing it” refers to uninhibited dancing or twerking) and its accompanying (parental advisory) video has turned Erica into an, dare I say, immensely bankable celebrity.

Without intending to be disparaging, Nicki Minaj’s new single “Bussin” has only gotten 24 million streams, less than one-fifth of Erica Banks’ total. Isn’t it beginning to make more sense to have Erica on Walker’s current tour?

I must admit that I do not use or utilize TikTok on a regular basis. Let’s just say I’m a little beyond the point of needing that kind of social media “tool.” Erica was unexpectedly brought to my notice by YouTube’s algorithms, which unintentionally (I presume) indicated that I may appreciate watching the NR-rated version of “Buss It.” My curiosity got the better of me after some reluctance, and I watched it.

What’s more, guess what? It was fantastic! Erica’s excitement and highly suitable rhyming talents were my favorites. When I learned that she will be playing in Houston with Summer Walker, I made sure to get a ticket. This was a spectacle I just had to watch!

I came late to the newly-opened 713 Music Hall, so I missed the most of NO1-NOAH and MarvXXL’s brief gigs.

Just as the pair of DJ/emcees introduced Erica to the crowd in the full auditorium, I made my way to the front of the stage (to shoot shots). A strong wave of excitement seemed to wash through the audience, including myself, from the time the scantily-clad rapper entered, and it didn’t abate until nearly thirty minutes later, when the self-assured and alluring siren-like performer whispered her last, “Thank you, Houston.”

The influence of celebrities

The 23-year-old rapper from Desoto, Texas, delivered a set of five songs during that frantic half-hour, including “Toot That,” her current hit “Slim Waist,” and “Buss It.” She chose approximately a dozen ladies from the audience to join her onstage as extra back-up dancers to make her show even more thrilling for the audience.

Erica’s security guy, a massive, strong man, forcefully removed the girls from the throng and placed them near to the excited rapper. To my amazement, all of the ladies picked from the 713 Music Hall audience did a fantastic job with the choreography. Banks was happy, as were the 3,000 or so Houstonians who got to see Erica in person.

Erica Banks radiates The influence of celebrities! No lie! This is coming from a man whose Spotify playlist is packed with songs by David Bowie and Brit-rockers Bastille. The last rap albums I purchased was in 1991, and they were Tupac’s “2Pacalypse Now” and Public Enemy’s “Apocalypse 91… The Enemy Strikes Back.” Needless to say, it’s been awhile since I’ve been genuinely excited by a rap artist.

No offense to either woman, but you may keep purchasing albums by Nicki Minaj and Asian Doll (two artists that Erica lists as inspirations), but I’m saving my money for Erica Banks’ next album. I owe her something. Not only did I witness an outstanding performance, but I also felt a feeling of joy that I hadn’t felt in many moons.

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Erica Banks is a female rapper who has been in the industry for over 20 years. She’s one of the few females in hip-hop who have not only survived, but thrived. Reference: female rappers 90s.

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