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Check Out SZA’s “Babylon” ft. Kendrick Lamar


After self-releasing two very well-received EPs (See.SZA.Run and S), Maplewood, New Jersey’s SZA, aka Solana Rowe, found herself in a very enviable position as Top Dawg Entertainment’s first female signing. With label-mates like Lamar Kendrick and the rest of the Black Hippy collective (School Boy Q, Ab Sould and Jay Rock) currently enjoying a gargantuan amount of success, a lot of eyes figure to be on SZA’s debut. The songstress absolutely delivers on “Babylon”, a sensuous and moody slow-burner that features both Mr. Lamar and an absurdly good G-Funk bassline. “Babylon” is best probably enjoyed in a dimly lit and smoke-filled room, so do that and then check this:

SZA featuring Kendrick Lamar – “Babylon”:

Z also features guest appearances from Chance The Rapper and Isiah Rashad, as well as production turns from the likes Mac Miller, XXYYXX and Toro y Moi. With all these heavy-hitters involved, expectations and buzz have been high, and SZA certainly didn’t disappoint. Z jumps genres and moods, but never strays from being a very enjoyable listen that comes highly recommended.

Currently SZA only has two live dates scheduled, but I’d wager that’ll be changing very soon. Those two festival appearances are listed below, as well as Kendrick’s full tour itinerary and a clip of the two performing Lamar’s “Swimming Pools” & “Poetic Justice” at last year’s American Music Awards.

Kendrick Lamar featuring SZA “Swimming Pools” & “Poetic Justice”, live at the AMAs:

SZA tour dates:
FRI 11 JULY – SUN 13 JULY
The Hudson Project 2014 Saugerties, NY, US
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FRI 18 JULY – SUN 20 JULY
Pitchfork Music Festival 2014 Chicago, IL, US

Kendrick Lamar tour dates:
Sun 04/20/14 Orlando, FL CFE Arena
Sat 05/03/14 Las Vegas, NV Rehab
Appearing at “Primavera Sound”
Sat 05/31/14 Barcelona, Spain Parc del Forum
Appearing at “Optimus Primavera Sound”
Thu 06/05/14 Oporto, Portugal Parque De Cidade
Fri 06/06/14 Englewood, CO Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
Appearing at “Parklife Weekender”
Sat 06/07/14 Manchester, United Kingdom Heaton Park
Appearing at “103.5 FM The Beat Down”
Thu 06/12/14 Sunrise, FL BB&T Center
Appearing at “Pitchfork Music Festival”
Sun 07/20/14 Chicago, IL Union Park

Cover photo credit: Sinuous Magazine


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