Though she often needs little more than her golden pipes to yield great music, CoSigned artist Solana Rowe, a.k.a. SZA, has found plenty of success through collaboration. She previously joined Kendrick Lamar during performances of “Swimming Pools” and “Poetic Justice”, guested on ScHoolboy Q’s Oxymoron, revamped her song “Ice.Moon”” with the aid of Ab-Soul, and sang a few bars on Isaiah Rashad’s for“Ronnie Drake”. Now, TDE’s resident songstress joins forces with Chance the Rapper for “Childs Play”.
Following the more immediately infectious “Babylon”, SZA slows things down considerably, enlisting rising producer XXYYXX to forge a beat of minimalist drums and synths that radiate a kind of unassuming sensuality. It’s not the most danceable of beats, but it’s perfect for SZA’s breathy croon, who makes talk of Nintendo’s and Street Fighter sound like the most romantic tributes this side of Motown’s back catalog. Not to be outdone, Chance tries his hand at a little harmonizing before delivering a stream of consciousness that builds from the absurd to the outright sweet and sentimental. Of all of SZA’s collaborations with rappers, this may be the most unabashedly adorable.
“Both “Babylon” and Childs Play” are off SZA’s debut album Z, due out April 8th via Top Dawg Entertainment.