Azealia Banks is a controversial figure within hip-hop and society, one does not have to look at her twitter very long to understand why this is. However, her music has always been something I enjoyed. “212” still bangs. Her feud with Iggy Azalea is well documented, so when Iggy announced her new single would drop on march 21st, Banks promised some new music on that day, too.
Slay-z is a decent little project, though I dislike songs such as “Used To Being Alone” and “Along The Coast.” When she is rapping she is undeniably fantastic. My personal favorite song from the project is “Big Talk” with Rick Ross. They share some verses while Ross holds down the chorus. The whole thing is a banger and just so much fun.
The beat is a standard trap banger, with some heavy bass and not much more than drums and melody. That said, it is well made and it does bang in the whip. Rick Ross starts off with a braggadocious verse about he has gold buttons on his sheep skin, is Mussolini while out in Rome, Caesar and how his girl is like Cleopatra. The whole Mussolini connection seems strange since he was publicly beheaded and then hung off a meat hook, but he was the leader of Italy at one time.
Then Azealia Banks comes on so hard with one of my favorite lines in a long time, “Black magic, David Blaine flow.” It just lands perfectly, the energy and emphasis on it just catapult it to another level. She does not stop there either. “Colour money like a rainbow, Azealia Banks keep the bank rolls. Shine like illuminated Angels!” She just obliterates the track like she is liable to do. Because at the end of the day Azealia Banks is a fantastic rapper no matter how distracting some of her personal things continue to be.
by Addison Garry (@addisonagarry)