Friday, July 18, 2014

TGIF: SZA's "Julia / (Tender)"

I wrote about R&B artist SZA a little over a year ago, calling her a "breakout" star. And, although the recognition might have been slightly delayed, everything about that statement rings true today.

Born Solana Rowe, SZA is the first lady (/R&B artist) signed to Top Dawg Entertainment - the boys' club label made famous by stars like Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q. Her 10-song EP titled Z is a unique mix of soulful, racy and dream-like R&B melodies and beats - each feeling like they're capable of both gathering acclaim and turning up a night downtown. Better late than never, I can now say I feel a little vindicated after the prestigious industry connections and praise this girl has scooped in recent months.

This time next year, it will feel silly not to know this one's name. Have a great weekend!

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