It’s now been a about a month since NYC rapstress Azealia Banks unleashed her eight-song mixtape ‘Slay-Z‘, her first record since 2014’s ‘Broke With Expensive Taste’. The effort turned heads for its content as much as for its daring cover art- a completely topless Azealia. Sonically the mixtape was more or less a sequel of her critically acclaimed debut album; a mix of hard rap and club-ready beats mellowed by astute vocals. It can now be safely said that the 24 year-old is the only artist, or one of a rare few, who has found that sweet spot between hip hop and house music. The first taste of Slay-Z, which is still available for free download, came in the form of ‘The Big Beat’. If you think the song is an encore for ‘Yung Rapunxel’, you’ve read my mind; the beat and flow of the two songs are barely distinguishable from one another. Even the lyrics carry the same self-aggrandising braggadocio. Only difference is that Azealia breaks into a little love ditty somewhere in the middle of the newer song.
The Matt Sukkar-directed video finds the rap-singer doing her thing in a narrow hallway rocking matching black tights and a top beneath a purple leather jacket, fingers hidden in red gloves. She then hits the streets in a baggy camouflage outfit before hopping on top of an NYPD squad car dressed in a funky hat and boots and little else.
Miami Based, Internationally Known