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Released March 24, 2016
July 12, 2017 (Re-released)
Recorded 2015
Length 30:05
Producers Benga
Coki
DJ Yamez
An Expresso
Fame School
Jamie Iovine
KAYTRANADA
Lunice
Tony Igy
Vyle
Label Chaos & Glory Recordings
Discography
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(2014)

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(2016)

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(2019)

From Slay-Z
  1. "The Big Big Beat"
    Released: February 19, 2016
  2. "Used to Being Alone"
    Released: March 1, 2016
  3. "Crown"
    Released: February 17, 2017

"Slay-Z" is the second mixtape by Azealia Banks. It was independently released as a free download on March 24, 2016. On July 12, 2017, it was re-released under Banks' record label, Chaos & Glory Recordings, to the iTunes Store and other online music stores.

Background[]

Following multiple conflicts with record label Interscope Records, Banks released her debut album Broke With Expensive Taste in November 2014 through Prospect Park. The genre-spanning longplayer garnered positive reviews from music critics,[1] and peaked at number 30 on the US Billboard 200.[2] In July 2015, the rapper announced her departure from the aforementioned company;[3] nonetheless, she revealed the following month that her contract with Prospect Park forbade her from releasing new music until March 2016.[4]

Banks originally devised Slay-Z as a tribute to American rapper Jay-Z.[5] "Can't Do It like Me" was initially composed with American singer Rihanna in mind but was instead released solo.[6] Rick Ross's verse on "Big Talk" was originally intended for a remix of Banks' song "Ice Princess", however it was repurposed for Slay-Z due to label complications.[7]

On March 2, 2016, Banks released "Used To Being Alone" for streaming.[8][9]

Prior to the release of the mixtape, Banks deactivated her Twitter handle for sixteen days. The rapper activated it on March 24 in order to announce the release of Slay-Z, which was made available for free download through WeTransfer on that day.[10] She further explained that the release had been motivated by the project's engineer leaking its songs.[11][12]

On July 12, 2017, the mixtape was re-released commercially through Banks' label, Chaos & Glory Recordings.[13]

Critical Reception[]

Slay-Z received generally positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, it received an average score of 75, based on seven reviews.[14] Britt Julious from Pitchfork said the mixtape was not as good as Broke With Expensive Taste, but it still "shimmered with Banks' skill and personality", with tracks that were not always consistent but nevertheless engrossing.[15] NME magazine's Joe Levine called it a "blast" and praised Banks' ability to "bounce effortlessly between genres".[16] New York Times critic Nate Chinen said "where no one can really surpass her is in the convergence of raw hip-hop and electronic dance music", as on the songs "Used To Being Alone", "The Big Big Beat", and "Queen of Clubs".[17]

In a less enthusiastic review, HipHopDX writer Trent Clark said while Banks' talent was apparent on Slay Z, filler such as "Along The Coast" and "Used To Being Alone" suffered from poor musical choices; he described the latter track's beat as "an epileptic seizure of techno disharmony".[18] Robert Christgau gave the mixtape a two-star honorable mention in his blog for Vice,[19] indicating a "likable effort consumers attuned to its overriding aesthetic or individual vision may well enjoy". He cited "Along The Coast" and "The Big Big Beat" as highlights while calling Banks the "seriously fluent, seriously flaky rapper as the dancefloor diva you love more than her beats—or, obviously, her tweets".[20]

Tracklist[]

No. Title Length
1. "Riot (Ft. Nina Sky)"   03:38
2. "Skylar Diggins"   03:17
3. "Big Talk (Ft. Rick Ross)"   02:44
4. "Can't Do It like Me"   02:44
5. "The Big Big Beat"   03:55
6. "Used To Being Alone"   02:38
7. "Queen Of Clubs"   04:28
8. "Along The Coast"   03:12
9. "Crown"   03:44
Total length:
30:05

Sample Credits[]

  • "Can't Do It Like Me" contains elements of "Night", performed by Benga and Coki.
  • "Used To Being Alone" contains elements of "Astronomia", performed by Tony Igy.

References[]

  1. https://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/azealia-banks-long-twisted-road-to-broke-with-expensive-taste-20141125
  2. https://web.archive.org/web/20141114013707/http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.31387/title.hip-hop-album-sales-t-i-azealia-banks-joe-budden
  3. http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/hip-hop/7272546/solange-dev-hynes-trombone-shorty-new-orleans-contemporary-arts-center
  4. http://www.nme.com/news/azealia-banks/87475
  5. http://www.dazeddigital.com/music/article/29957/1/azealia-banks-drops-new-track-the-big-big-beat
  6. http://www.fuse.tv/2016/03/azealia-banks-slay-z-download-mixtape
  7. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TBIRkPbhP0
  8. http://diymag.com/2016/03/02/azealia-banks-shares-new-track-used-to-being-alone
  9. http://pitchfork.com/news/63892-azealia-banks-releases-used-to-being-alone-appears-to-take-more-shots-at-iggy-azalea/
  10. http://pitchfork.com/news/63925-azealia-banks-releases-slay-z-mixtape/
  11. http://www.spin.com/2016/03/download-azealia-banks-new-mixtape-slay-z-for-free-right-now/
  12. http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/hip-hop/7272558/azealia-banks-slay-z-mixtape
  13. https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/slay-z/id1258783032
  14. http://www.metacritic.com/music/slay-z-mixtape/azealia-banks
  15. http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/21790-slay-z/
  16. http://www.nme.com/reviews/azealia-banks/16442
  17. https://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/03/arts/music/new-albums-from-azealia-banks-and-anoushka-shankar.html?_r=0
  18. http://hiphopdx.com/reviews/id.2693/title.azealia-banks-slay-z
  19. http://noisey.vice.com/blog/expert-witness-with-robert-christgau-beyonce-kevin-gates-azealia-banks
  20. http://noisey.vice.com/blog/expert-witness-with-robert-christgau-beyonce-kevin-gates-azealia-banks
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