Top Dawg Entertainment’s SZA releases the lead single off her E.P Z, which was released this week, with her label mate Kendrick Lamar. ‘Babylon’ has the smooth soulful voice of SZA and is weaved well with a very hot 16 from TDE’s golden child, K.Dot. SZA’s vocals sound a lot like the Internet’s Syd tha Kyd, which is no bad thing. Her haunting melody fits perfectly with the broken, distorted production.
Kendrick’s verse starts slow but picks up speed and merges with the spacey beat. When Kendrick features on another artist’s song he has a habit of slaying them, but here neither artist outshines the other. These two together just fit perfectly and I can’t wait to hear more collaborations in the future and with them sharing the same label, I don’t think it will be a long wait.