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7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 108 Ratings

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  • Summary: Released for free online, the second mixtape for the hip-hop artist features guest appearances from Nina Sky and Rick Ross as well as production from An Expresso and Kaytranada.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. 80
    Slay-Z is a blast. What sets Banks apart from her peers is her ability to bounce effortlessly between genres.
  2. Apr 6, 2016
    74
    On Slay-Z, there are hints of that power. They don’t shine nearly as bright as her almost flawless debut record, but they keep us watching and listening.
  3. Apr 11, 2016
    74
    Slay-Z isn't quite such a project [that will eclipse anything she does offline] but her talent is still apparent throughout its run time.
  4. Apr 6, 2016
    70
    Slay-Z is a very good mini-mixtape, and more than half of it sustains in any formation.
  5. May 18, 2016
    70
    Slay-Z is a solid EP that is also incredibly frustrating. It's frustrating because it is an example of the talent that Banks is wasting by devoting so much of her time and energy to having pissing contests on social media.
  6. 70
    Her outrageous self-possession plays out more vibrantly on some of these tracks, like “Big Talk,” which puts her up against the rapper Rick Ross, and “Riot,” which has a klaxon-like hook handled by Nina Sky. There’s no end to Ms. Banks’s swagger, though her toughest moments veer toward the style of a hometown rival, Nicki Minaj.
  7. Apr 6, 2016
    60
    Although Slay-Z's flat lyrics might be a little uninspiring for the sober listener, its vigorous beats and dizzying pace are perfect for settings that require more moving and less thinking.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Apr 11, 2016
    10
    "Her outrageous self-possession plays out more vibrantly on some of these tracks, like “Big Talk,” which puts her up against the rapper Rick"Her outrageous self-possession plays out more vibrantly on some of these tracks, like “Big Talk,” which puts her up against the rapper Rick Ross, and “Riot,” which has a klaxon-like hook handled by Nina Sky. There’s no end to Ms. Banks’s swagger!" Expand
  2. Apr 11, 2016
    10
    Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaas bish yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaas!!!!!! SLAAAAAAAAAY THEYYaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaas bish yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaas!!!!!! SLAAAAAAAAAY THEY ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Expand
  3. Apr 8, 2016
    10
    May not as good as 'Broke With Expensive Taste' or 'Fantasea', but at least it can stand out for itself.
    I expected more, and though.
    May not as good as 'Broke With Expensive Taste' or 'Fantasea', but at least it can stand out for itself.
    I expected more, and though.
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  4. Jul 14, 2017
    8
    Riot - 8
    Skylar Diggins - 8
    Big Talk - 8 Can't Do It Like Me - 9 The Big Big Beat - 10 Used to Being Alone - 7 Queen of Clubs - 9 Along
    Riot - 8
    Skylar Diggins - 8
    Big Talk - 8
    Can't Do It Like Me - 9
    The Big Big Beat - 10
    Used to Being Alone - 7
    Queen of Clubs - 9
    Along the Coast - 8

    score: 8,3
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  5. Apr 9, 2016
    7
    Since her 2012 debut, Harlem girl from the block Azealia Banks has been real easing some of the most exciting, dazzling, and danceable hip hopSince her 2012 debut, Harlem girl from the block Azealia Banks has been real easing some of the most exciting, dazzling, and danceable hip hop music in the game and following the release of stellar 'Broke With Expensive Taste' doesn't fail to impress with 'Slay-Z'. A lively collection of 8 songs, 'Slay-Z' shows some new sides of Miss Banks (a la 'Queen of Clubs', 'Along the Coast') as well as further embellishing the stye she does best, her self-proclaimed witch-hop/hip-house ('The Big Big Beat'). The collection of songs is bold but lacks the overall cohesiveness Banks displayed on 'BWET'. Highlights are the Detroit-house influenced 'The Big Big Beat', UK funky-house-sampling 'Can't Do it Like Me' and the subdued pulsing mermaid anthem 'Along The Coast', produced by KAYTRANADA. Songs like 'Queen of Clubs' and 'Skylar Diggins' fall flat with their dated production and Rick Ross assisted 'Big Talk' fails to leave an impression, going nowhere musically or melodically. 'Riot' featuring Nina Skye is great middle ground between Banks' hip-house and a more mainstream sound that sounds a bit more generic but still very fresh. Overall, 'Slay-Z' works to Banks' advantages and allows listeners to see what they have in store for the future. Expand
  6. Apr 25, 2016
    7
    I think this mixtape is a good step in the right direction for her, I think Broke With Expensive Taste is better though. The album is quiteI think this mixtape is a good step in the right direction for her, I think Broke With Expensive Taste is better though. The album is quite cohesive, however, with quality production throughout. Expand
  7. Apr 26, 2016
    0
    Awful, she needs to retire and go live in a shoe or something. this was really bad.
    Unoriginal and lacking in creativity, Her first album was
    Awful, she needs to retire and go live in a shoe or something. this was really bad.
    Unoriginal and lacking in creativity, Her first album was decent though but this mixtape is a mess.
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