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Azealia Banks
Writer(s) Azealia Banks
Lunice
Producer(s) Lunice
Released February 17, 2017
Recorded 2015-2017
Length 03:44
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Single(s) "The Big Big Beat"
Promotional single(s) "Used To Being Alone"
"Crown"
Singles chronology
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"Used To Being Alone"

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"Crown"

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"Chi Chi"

Slay-Z track listing
"Along The Coast" N/A

"Crown" is a song performed by Azealia Banks. It serves as the ninth track on Azealia's mixtape, Slay-Z. It was released on February 17, 2017, as the third single of the mixtape.

Background[]

Banks announced the song via her private Twitter account. It features production from Canadian producer Lunice, whom previously collaborated with Banks on her song "Runnin'", which was featured on her first mixtape Fantasea.

Crown was released to online streaming company, SoundCloud on February 17, 2017 after teasing the single on Twitter. The song has since garnered over 200 thousand plays on the web site.[1] On July 12, 2017, it was released to iTunes and other online music stores via Chaos & Glory Recordings; it was included in the reissue of Banks' 2016 mixtape Slay-Z.

Critical reception[]

Upon release, "Crown" has received generally positive reviews by critics. A writer for XXL described the single as "an instrumental that sounds like rapid squirting from a bottle of lotion and a drum beat, Azealia flies into a rapid-fire flow, stunting on anyone who’d dare doubt her flyness".[2] Maya Lewis' critical consensus, writing for The Fader, states, "This poppy electronic track might remind you why she’ll always be you’re problematic fave".[3] Sheldon Pearce, writing for Pitchfork, gave his mixed feelings on his track by stating, "the track is marred by beat shifts often sound more like interruptions than change-ups, with Banks awkwardly oscillating between vicious raps and busts of song... The song is redeemed by her flow, which can navigate the nooks and crannies in any production. She slips nimbly between synth notes with a breathless cadence, unabated and in control".[4]

Lyrics[]

[Verse 1]
Chance you've seen her once in a dream
Let me show you better, bring you closer to see
Can you undress her down to her lingeries
Run your fingers through the middle while I smoke potpourri
Got champagne spilling on the sofa, the seats
Looking cocaine dealer white - a code for the key
Hit em' with the venom
With the cobra, the squeeze
And I really wanna wrestle with the boa in ya jeans
I look at you
Look at us, look at me
Got a vision of a lovin'
That we both wanna see
Shouldn't I, wouldn't I
Couldn't I be your lucky lady f-forever f-f
Come on

[Hook]
When I'm repping this crown
I be stepping in style
I be breaking it down
Doing feminine things
Pink lemonade chain and my belly ring bling
When I come for this cash
Not a regular bitch, don't you ever forget
That I'm repping this crown
So you better wild out when the queen is in town

[Verse 2]
Mami on a mint Kawasaki in the Chloé khaki
Issey Miyake, folding yen with Miss Origami
I'm a global bitch, you a local thotty
I be, I be in a Paris lobby
Playing Tamigotchi, who Pocket Polly?
Hop to Mali, sisters in Bali
Get the picture, papi, get richer mami (Uh)
It really ain't fair
You see me, you see me, you stop and you stare
Finessing and flair
You see me I'm sexy, them bitches they jealous
I step in the room and I'm breaking your focus
I bet you your fellas be checking up on it
I jump in the Rover, I rip up the road
And I'm ready, I'm naked
I'm knocking, now open up

[Bridge]
And once you find out what I'm talking 'bout
You'll never be lonely
You see the stars and the clouds up above you
And baby no one will ever, ever love you like I do
(Yeah)

[Hook]
When I'm repping this crown
I be stepping in style
I be breaking it down
Doing feminine things
Pink lemonade chain and my belly ring bling
When I come for this cash
Not a regular bitch, don't you ever forget
That I'm repping this crown
So you better wild out when the queen is in town

When I'm repping this crown
I be stepping in style
I be breaking it down
Doing feminine things
Pink lemonade chain and my belly ring bling
When I come for this cash
Not a regular bitch, don't you ever forget
That I'm repping this crown
So you better wild out when the queen is in town

[Instrumental Breakdown]

[Hook]
When I'm repping this crown
I be stepping in style
I be breaking it down
Doing feminine things
Pink lemonade chain and my belly ring bling
When I come for this cash
Not a regular bitch, don't you ever forget
That I'm repping this crown
So you better wild out when the queen is in town

References[]

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