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"Kill Bill"
Cover art of "Kill Bill": SZA behind a training dummy, holding her katana towards its neck
Single by SZA
from the album SOS
ReleasedJanuary 10, 2023 (2023-01-10)
Genre
Length2:35
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Carter Lang
  • Rob Bisel
SZA singles chronology
"Nobody Gets Me"
(2023)
"Kill Bill"
(2023)
Music video
"Kill Bill" on YouTube

"Kill Bill" is a song by American singer-songwriter SZA from her second studio album, SOS (2022). The song gets its title from Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003) and Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004), a martial arts film duology that focuses on an assassin named the Bride and her quest to exact revenge on her ex-boyfriend by murdering him. Mirroring the films' plot, the song's lyrics discuss SZA's fantasy to kill an ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend out of jealousy. "Kill Bill" is a pop and R&B song backed by an electric bass and synthesizers, with a composition that consists of a midtempo, groovy rhythm and a detuned melody.

Critics praised "Kill Bill" for its candid exploration of SZA's unfiltered, violent emotions. They found her murder fantasies extreme but relatable to a degree, due to its underlying sentiments of doing whatever it takes for love. The song achieved major success on streaming services—it became SZA's first number one on the US Streaming Songs and Billboard Global 200 charts. The song reached the top 10 in over 10 territories worldwide, including the United States where it became her highest-charting song to date, with number one peaks in six countries.

Following its large streaming numbers, "Kill Bill" impacted US radio on January 10, 2023, as the fifth single from SOS. A music video for the song premiered on the same day; directed by Christian Breslauer, it reimagines several scenes from the Kill Bill films, featuring SZA as a rendition of the Bride and Vivica A. Fox, one of the actresses who starred in the duology, in a supporting role. The video ends as SZA confronts her ex-boyfriend and pulls his heart out, killing him.

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SZA

SZA

Solána Imani Rowe, known professionally as SZA, is an American singer and songwriter. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, she began making music in the early 2010s, releasing two extended plays before signing with the hip hop record label Top Dawg Entertainment, through which she released Z (2014), her third EP and first retail release. That same year, she co-wrote "Feeling Myself" with Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé. In 2016, she was featured on Rihanna's song "Consideration".

SOS (SZA album)

SOS (SZA album)

SOS is the second studio album by American singer SZA. It was released through Top Dawg Entertainment and RCA Records on December 9, 2022. The album features guest appearances from Don Toliver, Phoebe Bridgers, Travis Scott, and the late Ol' Dirty Bastard. SZA worked with a variety of record producers and songwriters such as Babyface, Jeff Bhasker, Benny Blanco, Rodney Jerkins, DJ Dahi, Gabriel Hardeman, Ant Clemons and Lizzo. It serves as the follow-up to SZA's previous album, Ctrl (2017).

Kill Bill: Volume 1

Kill Bill: Volume 1

Kill Bill: Volume 1 is a 2003 American martial arts film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. It stars Uma Thurman as the Bride, who swears revenge on a team of assassins and their leader, Bill, after they try to kill her. Her journey takes her to Tokyo, where she battles the yakuza.

Kill Bill: Volume 2

Kill Bill: Volume 2

Kill Bill: Volume 2 is a 2004 American neo-Western martial arts film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. It stars Uma Thurman as the Bride, who continues her campaign of revenge against the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad and their leader Bill, who tried to kill her and her unborn child.

Martial arts film

Martial arts film

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The Bride (Kill Bill)

The Bride (Kill Bill)

Beatrix "the Bride" Kiddo is a fictional character and the protagonist of the two-part film Kill Bill directed by Quentin Tarantino. She is portrayed by Uma Thurman. Kiddo was ranked by Empire magazine as 23rd of "The 100 Greatest Movie Characters" of all time, and Entertainment Weekly named her as one of "The 100 Greatest Characters of the Last 20 Years".

Pop music

Pop music

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Contemporary R&B

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Groove (music)

Groove (music)

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Streaming media

Streaming media

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Streaming Songs

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Billboard Global 200

Billboard Global 200

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Background

SZA performing in Ctrl the Tour (2017–2018)
SZA performing in Ctrl the Tour (2017–2018)

SZA released her debut studio album, Ctrl, in 2017. Primarily an R&B album that deals with themes like heartbreak, Ctrl received widespread acclaim for its vocal performances and eclectic musical style, as well as the relatability, emotional impact, and confessional nature of its songwriting. The album brought SZA to mainstream fame, and critics credit it with establishing her status as a major figure in contemporary pop and R&B music and pushing the boundaries of the R&B genre.[note 1]

SZA alluded to potentially releasing her second album as early as August 2019 during an interview with DJ Kerwin Frost.[8][9] Commenting on the creative process behind the album, she stated it would be as candid and personal as Ctrl: "This next album is even more of me being less afraid of who am I when I have no choice? When I'm not out trying to curate myself and contain."[10] When SZA collaborated with Cosmopolitan for their February 2021 issue, she spoke about her creative process behind the album's conception. She said: "this album is going to be the shit that made me feel something in my...here and in here", pointing to her heart and gut.[11]

One of the tracks from the album, which is named SOS, is called "Kill Bill". The song gets its title from Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003) and Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004), a martial arts film duology directed by Quentin Tarantino.[12] The plot centers on an assassin named the Bride and her plans to murder Bill, the head of the enemy Deadly Viper assassins and a former love interest who tried to have her killed on the day she was about to be wed to someone else.[13][14] While watching the films, Bill in particular caught SZA's attention, and found him a complex and nuanced character: "I feel like he doesn't understand why he did what he did. He's void of emotion, but he loved the Bride so much that he couldn't stand her to be with anyone else."[15]

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SZA

SZA

Solána Imani Rowe, known professionally as SZA, is an American singer and songwriter. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, she began making music in the early 2010s, releasing two extended plays before signing with the hip hop record label Top Dawg Entertainment, through which she released Z (2014), her third EP and first retail release. That same year, she co-wrote "Feeling Myself" with Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé. In 2016, she was featured on Rihanna's song "Consideration".

Ctrl (SZA album)

Ctrl (SZA album)

Ctrl is the debut studio album by American singer SZA. It was released through Top Dawg Entertainment and RCA Records on June 9, 2017. The album features guest appearances from Travis Scott, Kendrick Lamar, James Fauntleroy, and Isaiah Rashad. The deluxe edition includes seven additional tracks and was released exactly five years after the release of the regular version of the album. Production was handled by Craig Balmoris, Frank Dukes, Carter Lang, Scum, and ThankGod4Cody, among others. The album was supported by five singles: "Drew Barrymore", "Love Galore", "The Weekend", "Broken Clocks", and "Garden ", all of which are certified Platinum or higher by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Kerwin Frost

Kerwin Frost

Kerwin Frost is a Harlem-born entertainer, DJ, talk, show host, and comedian known for his eclectic street style. He first rose to prominence in New York City's Soho Youth streetwear scene, and as the Founder of the Spaghetti Boys, a creative collective known for viral YouTube videos and streetwear collaborations. In 2019, Kerwin became Adidas' newest creator, responsible for designing clothing, sneakers and ad campaigns for the brand. He also began hosting a YouTube talk show, Kerwin Frost Talks.

Cosmopolitan (magazine)

Cosmopolitan (magazine)

Cosmopolitan is an American monthly fashion and entertainment magazine for women, first published based in New York City in March 1886 as a family magazine; it was later transformed into a literary magazine and, since 1965, has become a women's magazine. Cosmopolitan is one of the best-selling magazines and is directed mainly towards a female audience. Jessica Pels is the magazine's current editor-in-chief.

SOS (SZA album)

SOS (SZA album)

SOS is the second studio album by American singer SZA. It was released through Top Dawg Entertainment and RCA Records on December 9, 2022. The album features guest appearances from Don Toliver, Phoebe Bridgers, Travis Scott, and the late Ol' Dirty Bastard. SZA worked with a variety of record producers and songwriters such as Babyface, Jeff Bhasker, Benny Blanco, Rodney Jerkins, DJ Dahi, Gabriel Hardeman, Ant Clemons and Lizzo. It serves as the follow-up to SZA's previous album, Ctrl (2017).

Kill Bill: Volume 1

Kill Bill: Volume 1

Kill Bill: Volume 1 is a 2003 American martial arts film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. It stars Uma Thurman as the Bride, who swears revenge on a team of assassins and their leader, Bill, after they try to kill her. Her journey takes her to Tokyo, where she battles the yakuza.

Kill Bill: Volume 2

Kill Bill: Volume 2

Kill Bill: Volume 2 is a 2004 American neo-Western martial arts film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. It stars Uma Thurman as the Bride, who continues her campaign of revenge against the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad and their leader Bill, who tried to kill her and her unborn child.

Martial arts film

Martial arts film

Martial arts films are a subgenre of action films that feature numerous martial arts combat between characters. These combats are usually the films' primary appeal and entertainment value, and often are a method of storytelling and character expression and development. Martial arts are frequently featured in training scenes and other sequences in addition to fights. Martial arts films commonly include hand-to-hand combat along with other types of action, such as stuntwork, chases, and gunfights. Sub-genres of martial arts films include kung fu films, wuxia, karate films, and martial arts action comedy films, while related genres include gun fu, jidaigeki and samurai films.

Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino

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The Bride (Kill Bill)

The Bride (Kill Bill)

Beatrix "the Bride" Kiddo is a fictional character and the protagonist of the two-part film Kill Bill directed by Quentin Tarantino. She is portrayed by Uma Thurman. Kiddo was ranked by Empire magazine as 23rd of "The 100 Greatest Movie Characters" of all time, and Entertainment Weekly named her as one of "The 100 Greatest Characters of the Last 20 Years".

Music and lyrics

Music journalists have described "Kill Bill" as predominantly pop and R&B,[16][17] drawing from associated genres such as psychedelic pop, pop-soul,[18] and doo-wop.[19] Driven by a guitar,[20] an electric bass,[21][22] and synthesizers,[23] the song's composition consists of a detuned melody[17][4] and a midtempo, groovy rhythm.[5][24][25] Its music prominently features basic eighth notes.[26] Regarding the song's vocals, SZA performs with a soft, croon-like voice.[27]

SZA told Glamour in 2022 that many songs in SOS centered around themes of revenge, heartbreak, and "being pissed", adding "I've never raged the way that I should have. This is my villain era, and I'm very comfortable with that. It is in the way I say no [...] It's in the fucked up things that I don't apologize for."[28] In the lyrics to "Kill Bill", SZA expresses resentment towards her former boyfriend after a breakup whilst at the same time trying to keep herself composed by looking at the situation from a rational perspective. The song's premise is heavily based on the Kill Bill films, in that it follows SZA as she plans to take vengeance on her ex-boyfriend through violent means.[24]

In spite of her hatred and jealousy, SZA's love for her ex-boyfriend persists, exploring how intense love and intense vitriol towards somebody can often coexist with one another.[12] She tries to navigate her issues through consultations with a therapist,[29] which leads her to think she is mature and mockingly congratulates herself for it.[24][30] Even though her therapist has advised her to seek other men, she loves him to such a degree that she would still rather be with him than anyone else. SZA sings that if she cannot have him back, then "no one should"; what follows is the chorus, in which she fantasizes about killing him and his new girlfriend.[4][31] She acknowledges that it is a bad idea and wonders: "how'd I get here?"[4][31]

As the song progresses, she begins to plan out her revenge—she carefully peruses old text messages with her ex-boyfriend that might implicate her in the murder.[24] Come the final chorus, she has proceeded with the double homicide,[32] and she reasons that going to jail is a better fate than being alone.[29] SZA furthers justifies her actions by saying she murdered her ex-boyfriend out of love.[33] In the last line of the final chorus, and the last line of the song, she admits she would rather go to hell than live without him.[34][35] Due to the lyrics' violent nature, some radio stations played a censored version of "Kill Bill" with the word "kill" replaced with the sound of a slashing blade.[36]

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Contemporary R&B

Contemporary R&B

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Psychedelic pop

Psychedelic pop

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Synthesizer

Synthesizer

A synthesizer is an electronic musical instrument that generates audio signals. Synthesizers typically create sounds by generating waveforms through methods including subtractive synthesis, additive synthesis and frequency modulation synthesis. These sounds may be altered by components such as filters, which cut or boost frequencies; envelopes, which control articulation, or how notes begin and end; and low-frequency oscillators, which modulate parameters such as pitch, volume, or filter characteristics affecting timbre. Synthesizers are typically played with keyboards or controlled by sequencers, software or other instruments, and may be synchronized to other equipment via MIDI.

Groove (music)

Groove (music)

In music, groove is the sense of an effect ("feel") of changing pattern in a propulsive rhythm or sense of "swing". In jazz, it can be felt as a quality of persistently repeated rhythmic units, created by the interaction of the music played by a band's rhythm section. Groove is a significant feature of popular music, and can be found in many genres, including salsa, rock, soul, funk, and fusion.

Doo-wop

Doo-wop

Doo-wop is a genre of rhythm and blues music that originated in African-American communities during the 1940s, mainly in the large cities of the United States, including New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Baltimore, Newark, Detroit, Washington, DC, and Los Angeles. It features vocal group harmony that carries an engaging melodic line to a simple beat with little or no instrumentation. Lyrics are simple, usually about love, sung by a lead vocal over background vocals, and often featuring, in the bridge, a melodramatically heartfelt recitative addressed to the beloved. Harmonic singing of nonsense syllables is a common characteristic of these songs. Gaining popularity in the 1950s, doo-wop was "artistically and commercially viable" until the early 1960s, but continued to influence performers in other genres.

Guitar

Guitar

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Crooner

Crooner

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Critical reception

Zoe Guy at Vulture noted the song for being an integral part of "an arsenal of pop-culture references" throughout the album and pointed out the "already well-seasoned lyrics about growing up".[31] Steffanee Wang of Nylon chose the track as the top essential song of the album, praising the artist's ability to showcase her own emotions through "unspooling diaristic toxic thoughts and worst case scenarios".[37] Pitchfork's Julianne Escobedo Shepherd referred to the song as a "stalker lullaby" that the singer uses to convey "all her darkest thoughts".[21] Jon Pareles of The New York Times thought that Rowe sounded "both lighthearted and dangerous" on this "plush R&B ballad".[16]

Discussing why the song became commercially successful and warmly received by critics and fans, Billboard writers pointed towards the emotional impact of its songwriting. They found the melodramatic nature of "Kill Bill" fun and wrote that although the sentiments echoed in the lyrics were extreme, there was a degree of relatability to the song's exploration of violence for the sake of love. As one of them, Cydney Lee, wrote: "while I obviously am not encouraging anyone to act on this, what woman (especially) hasn't emotionally been there before?? Also, people just love violence, and seem to have a weird fascination with 'crazy in love' relationship dynamics — and with it being track two on SOS, it almost felt like it was setting the tone for the album."[38]

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Commercial performance

"Kill Bill" achieved major success on streaming services,[39] reaching number one in the worldwide Spotify and Apple Music charts[40][41] and surpassing 150 million streams on Spotify within a month.[42] It became SZA's first song to top the Billboard Global 200, and it did so in early January 2023, bolstered by around 64 million international streams. It debuted within the top 5 three weeks prior with around 57.9 million streams,[43][44] 36.9 million of which were from the United States. With these first-week US streaming figures, "Kill Bill" debuted atop the country's Streaming Songs chart on the issue dated December 24, 2022, and marked her first number 1 song there. It became the first non-holiday song since 2018 to be the chart's top entry for the week of Christmas.[45] The song spent three weeks atop Streaming Songs[46] and two weeks atop the Billboard Global 200.[47]

With "Kill Bill" and "Nobody Gets Me", another track from the album, SZA acquired her sixth and seventh top 10 songs in the United States.[48] Debuting at number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, "Kill Bill" marked SZA's highest chart debut,[49] and it peaked at number 2 to surpass "Kiss Me More" (2021) by Doja Cat on which she is featured as her highest-charting song in the United States.[46] It topped the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for five consecutive weeks[46] and was her second number-one debut there after "I Hate U" in 2021.[50] Meanwhile in Canada, it debuted at number 5 and later peaked at number 3.[51][52]

The song had several top 5 peaks in the Asia-Pacific and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regions. "Kill Bill" spent multiple weeks at number one in New Zealand[53] and Singapore,[54][55] and it was the highest-charting international song in Malaysia for over a week.[56][57] It also went number one in Indonesia and the Philippines,[58] and it reached number 4 and number 3 in Vietnam and the MENA's regional chart, respectively.[59][60] "Kill Bill" marked SZA's first chart-topping song in Australia,[61] where it was certified gold for selling over 35,000 units.[58][62] It received another gold certification in New Zealand for selling over 15,000 units.[63]

In mid–December 2022, "Kill Bill" debuted within the top 15 of the UK Singles Chart.[64] It became SZA's first top 10 solo song in the United Kingdom at the beginning of 2023, once December ended and Christmas songs began leaving the chart.[65][66] It peaked at number 3 around the same time in Ireland;[53] the following week, "Kill Bill" reached a new peak of number 3 in the UK Singles Chart, with 35,780 sales recorded during the tracking period. It ties "Kiss Me More" as her highest-charting song in the country.[66][67] Elsewhere in Europe, "Kill Bill" was a top 20 song in the Nordic countries, Lithuania, Slovakia, Portugal, the Netherlands, and Switzerland.[note 2]

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Apple Music

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Billboard Global 200

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Streaming Songs

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Nobody Gets Me

Nobody Gets Me

"Nobody Gets Me" is a song by American singer SZA. It was sent to Italian radio stations through Sony Music on January 6, 2023, as the fourth single from her second studio album, SOS (2022). The song peaked at number ten on the US Billboard Hot 100, the Canadian Hot 100, and the Official New Zealand Music Chart.

Billboard Hot 100

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Kiss Me More

Kiss Me More

"Kiss Me More" is a song by American rapper and singer Doja Cat featuring fellow American singer SZA from the former's third studio album Planet Her (2021). The song was released on April 9, 2021 as its lead single through Kemosabe and RCA Records. It was written by the artists alongside Stephen Kipner, Terry Shaddick, Carter Lang, and Yeti Beats, with the latter serving as producer along with Rogét Chahayed and additional production from Lang and Tizhimself. It has been described as a disco-influenced pop song.

Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

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I Hate U (SZA song)

I Hate U (SZA song)

"I Hate U" is a song by American singer SZA. It was released through Top Dawg Entertainment and RCA Records on December 3, 2021, as the second single from SZA's second studio album, SOS (2022). It was originally released on SoundCloud on August 22, 2021. "I Hate U" is an electro-R&B song with a "crunching", light instrumental, containing a relaxed, "ethereal" chorus, and hip hop-influenced verses. A break-up song, it finds SZA detailing what went wrong in a past relationship, expressing resentment towards an ex-partner but acknowledging that she still misses them.

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UK Singles Chart

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Release

From April to May 2022, SZA told media outlets that she had recently finished the album in Hawaii and said it was coming soon.[68] During a Billboard cover story published in November, SZA revealed the album title and release date, which was scheduled sometime next month.[69] On December 5, 2022, she posted the album's track list on Twitter, and SOS was released four days later. Out of 23 songs, "Kill Bill" appears as the second track;[70][71] following its success on streaming platforms, RCA Records chose it as the next radio single from the album.[65]

RCA and Top Dawg Entertainment sent the song to US pop,[72][73] rhythmic,[74] and urban radio[75] on January 10, 2023, as the fifth single from SOS.[76][note 3] Originally, only "Nobody Gets Me" was scheduled to impact pop radio on January 10. However, RCA and various radio programmers eventually decided to promote the two songs simultaneously despite the intricacies of planning dual singles, citing the large streaming numbers that "Kill Bill" gained in December and the radio-friendly appeal of the lyrics and production.[36] "Kill Bill" became one of the week's most-added songs on pop and rhythmic formats,[40] with 2,257 plays from 129 pop radio stations.[36]

Three days later, Top Dawg and RCA released a four-track bundle of the song to digital download and streaming platforms.[78] Apart from the original version of "Kill Bill", the release contains a sped-up version, an instrumental version, and an a cappella version.[79] The sped-up version capitalizes and is based on a viral trend on TikTok where users would increase the pitch and tempo of certain songs and post them on the application. One user shared a sped-up audio of "Kill Bill" upon the release of SOS, and it was viewed over 21.7 million times, liked over 1.9 million times, and reposted in over 1.1 million videos,[20][40] boosting streams for the song.[38]

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Twitter

Twitter

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RCA Records

RCA Records

RCA Records is an American record label currently owned by Sony Music Entertainment, a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America. It is one of Sony Music's four flagship labels, alongside RCA's former long-time rival Columbia Records; also Arista Records, and Epic Records. The label has released multiple genres of music, including pop, classical, rock, hip hop, afrobeat, electronic, R&B, blues, jazz, and country. Its name is derived from the initials of its defunct parent company, the Radio Corporation of America (RCA). RCA Records was fully acquired by Bertelsmann in 1987, making it a part of Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG) and became a part of Sony BMG Music Entertainment after the 2004 merger of BMG and Sony; it was acquired by the latter in 2008, after the dissolution of Sony/BMG and the restructuring of Sony Music. RCA Records is the corporate successor of the Victor Talking Machine Company, founded in 1901, making it the second-oldest record label in American history, after sister label Columbia Records, founded in 1889.

Single (music)

Single (music)

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Top Dawg Entertainment

Top Dawg Entertainment

Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) is an American independent record label founded in 2004, by CEO Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith. Terrence "Punch" Henderson is president of the label. There are currently eleven artists signed to the label: the label's flagship artists, Black Hippy members Jay Rock, Ab-Soul and Schoolboy Q, as well as Isaiah Rashad, SZA, Lance Skiiiwalker, SiR, Reason, Zacari, Ray Vaughn, and Doechii. TDE is also the former label of Kendrick Lamar. The label houses a production division that includes Digi+Phonics, THC, King Blue, Kal Banx and Derek "MixedByAli" Ali. The musical focus of the label is predominantly album-oriented and progressive rap.

Contemporary hit radio

Contemporary hit radio

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A cappella

A cappella

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Viral video

Viral video

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TikTok

TikTok

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Music video

Background

Vivica A. Fox, one of the starring actresses in the Kill Bill films, makes a cameo in the music video.
Vivica A. Fox, one of the starring actresses in the Kill Bill films, makes a cameo in the music video.

SZA expressed her gratitude for fans' warm reception of "Kill Bill" by posting a 20-second teaser of the music video to Twitter on December 29, 2022,[77][80] having alluded to its creation around a week prior during an interview with Entertainment Weekly.[81] The video was directed by Christian Breslauer and produced by Luga Podesta through his production company London Alley Entertainment.[82] It premiered on YouTube on the same day as the song's release, briefly going private after its first 10 minutes of availability before being made public again.[83]

With the video, SZA aimed to create something more narrative-centric compared to her past music videos which, while containing a few story beats, did not have full, coherent plotlines. In Breslauer's words, she wanted "less performance and [more] acting"; the result was a short action film heavily inspired by the Kill Bill duology.[82] The music video recreates several scenes and plot points from the duology and features Vivica A. Fox, the actress who starred in Kill Bill as a Deadly Viper and the Bride's enemy Vernita Green, in a secondary role.[84][85] Meanwhile, SZA appears as a recreation of the Bride's character. She appears in a red and black jumpsuit similar to the Bride's yellow and black one, and she uses a katana as her fighting weapon.[77][86]

Pre-production began in the middle of December 2022, when Top Dawg approached London Alley to produce the video, and principal photography took place six days later. The scheduled period for filming was one day before the company's Christmas break, so all scenes had to be completed within 19 or 20 hours, in contrast to the usual two or three days allocated for similar music videos. Many of the scenes in question were split-screen shots, inspired by the cinematography of several 1970s films. Regarding this, Breslauer said: "Tarantino has kind of made his name on grabbing from all these different genres and kind of stitching them together. So we wanted to do the same thing."[82]

SZA had prominent authority in the creative direction; for example, she performed most of her stunts despite little time to choreograph.[82] She had been promoting specific tracks from SOS by using the outros of her music videos to tease an upcoming song,[38][note 4] and she wanted to continue the trend with the "Kill Bill" video. Her choice for the outro song was the album track "Seek & Destroy". It contains the line "I had to do it you", which she deemed fitting because when applied in the context of "Kill Bill", the lyrics captured SZA's celebration of revenge and the glory it brought her. She asked someone with expertise in shibari to tie her upside down, wanting the scene to serve as the visuals for the outro.[82]

Plot

The opening scene contains the first out of many Kill Bill references, set in a trailer reminiscent of the one in which Budd, another of the Bride's sworn enemies, resided. During this, the boyfriend breaks up with SZA and leaves her in the trailer before he tells his gunmen, who act as the video's Deadly Vipers, to shoot her dead while she is inside.[83][89] She survives the assault and gets in a car driven by Fox's character, who takes her to a warehouse where she prepares to enact vengeance on the hitmen.[76][84] SZA dresses up in the jumpsuit, gets a katana which she uses to decapitate a dummy, and drives on a motorcycle with the intent of finding her ex-boyfriend.[86][89] The scene with Fox was the last one filmed during production.[82]

SZA arrives at a location analogous to the films' House of Blue Leaves, a Japanese bar that served as the headquarters for O-Ren Ishii, a high-ranking assassin of the Deadly Vipers. In there, she confronts several yakuza bodyguards who represent Ishii's Crazy 88, kill them one by one, and enter a room to face her ex-boyfriend.[90][83][91] Drawn in an anime art style and added in post-production, the confrontation scene is an allusion to the animated sequence that introduced Ishii's backstory in Kill Bill: Volume 2.[76][82] The video ends as SZA approaches the man, rips his heart out, and licks it, fulfilling her revenge. A naked and tied-up SZA, hung upside down from the warehouse ceiling, appears in the outro while a snippet of "Seek & Destroy" plays,[91][92] which Vulture believed was hinting at a possible music video for the song.[84]

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Vivica A. Fox

Vivica A. Fox

Vivica Anjanetta Fox is an American actress, producer, and television host. Fox began her career on Soul Train (1982–1983). She eventually continued her career with roles on the daytime television soap operas Days of Our Lives (1988) and Generations (1989–1991), subsequently shifting to the prime-time slot, starring opposite Patti LaBelle, in the NBC sitcom Out All Night (1992–1993). Fox's breakthrough came in 1996, with roles in two box-office hit films, Roland Emmerich's Independence Day and F. Gary Gray's Set It Off.

Twitter

Twitter

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

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YouTube

YouTube

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Action film

Action film

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Pre-production

Pre-production

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Principal photography

Principal photography

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Split screen (video production)

Split screen (video production)

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Yakuza

Yakuza

Yakuza , also known as gokudō , are members of transnational organized crime syndicates originating in Japan. The Japanese police and media, by request of the police, call them bōryokudan , while the yakuza call themselves ninkyō dantai . The English equivalent for the term yakuza is gangster, meaning an individual involved in a Mafia-like criminal organization. The yakuza are known for their strict codes of conduct, their organized fiefdom nature and several unconventional ritual practices such as yubitsume or amputation of the left little finger. Members are often portrayed as males with heavily-tattooed bodies and wearing fundoshi, sometimes with a kimono or, in more recent years, a Western-style "sharp" suit covering them. This group is still regarded as being among "the most sophisticated and wealthiest criminal organizations".

Anime

Anime

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Charts

Chart performance for "Kill Bill"
Chart (2022–2023) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[93] 1
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[94] 20
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[95] 41
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[52] 3
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[96] 23
Denmark (Tracklisten)[97] 8
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[98] 16
France (SNEP)[99] 34
Germany (Official German Charts)[100] 17
Global 200 (Billboard)[101] 1
Greece International (IFPI)[102] 5
Hungary (Stream Top 40)[103] 15
Iceland (Plötutíðindi)[104] 4
India (IMI)[105] 18
Indonesia (Billboard)[106] 1
Ireland (IRMA)[107] 3
Italy (FIMI)[108] 78
Japan Hot Overseas (Billboard Japan)[109] 7
Lithuania (AGATA)[110] 2
Malaysia (Billboard)[111] 1
Malaysia International (RIM)[56] 1
MENA (IFPI)[59] 3
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[112] 28
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[113] 15
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[114] 1
Nigeria (TurnTable Top 100)[115] 54
Norway (VG-lista)[116] 5
Philippines (Billboard)[117] 1
Poland (Polish Streaming Top 100)[118] 23
Portugal (AFP)[119] 7
Singapore (RIAS)[54] 1
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[120] 10
South Korea (Circle)[121] 115
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[122] 5
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[123] 12
UK Singles (OCC)[124] 3
UK Hip Hop/R&B (OCC)[125] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[126] 2
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[127] 37
US Dance/Mix Show Airplay (Billboard)[128] 32
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[129] 1
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[130] 15
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[131] 11
US R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay (Billboard)[132] 23
Vietnam (Vietnam Hot 100)[133] 4

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ARIA Charts

ARIA Charts

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Canadian Hot 100

Canadian Hot 100

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International Federation of the Phonographic Industry

International Federation of the Phonographic Industry

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GfK Entertainment charts

GfK Entertainment charts

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Billboard Global 200

Billboard Global 200

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Billboard (magazine)

Billboard (magazine)

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IFPI Greece

IFPI Greece

International Federation of the Phonographic Industry Greece, or simply IFPI Greece, is the Greek branch of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) and is the official charts provider and recording sales certification body for Greece. The association compiles and publishes a Top 75 album sales chart. The chart is sponsored by Cyta Hellas.

Association of Hungarian Record Companies

Association of Hungarian Record Companies

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IMI International Top 20 Singles

IMI International Top 20 Singles

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Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana

Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana

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Billboard Japan

Billboard Japan

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AGATA (organization)

AGATA (organization)

Lithuanian Neighbouring Rights Association, known as AGATA, is a non-profit performance rights organization established in 1999 that deals with the licensing and rights of music publishers and performers in Lithuania. In 2011, it became the country's designated body for the collection of compensation for writers, performers, actors and producers. AGATA is an associated member of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). Since September 2018, AGATA publishes weekly top 100 charts of the most popular albums and singles in Lithuania. The charts are based on sales and streams from Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music, iTunes, Google Play and Shazam.

Certifications

Certifications for "Kill Bill"
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[62] Gold 35,000double-dagger
New Zealand (RMNZ)[63] Gold 15,000double-dagger

double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Release history

Release history and formats for "Kill Bill"
Region Date Version Format Label Ref.
United States January 10, 2023 Original Contemporary hit radio [73]
Rhythmic contemporary radio [74]
Urban contemporary radio [75]
Various January 13, 2023 Four-track single [78]
United States January 31, 2023 Original Urban adult contemporary radio [134]

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Contemporary hit radio

Contemporary hit radio

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Top Dawg Entertainment

Top Dawg Entertainment

Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) is an American independent record label founded in 2004, by CEO Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith. Terrence "Punch" Henderson is president of the label. There are currently eleven artists signed to the label: the label's flagship artists, Black Hippy members Jay Rock, Ab-Soul and Schoolboy Q, as well as Isaiah Rashad, SZA, Lance Skiiiwalker, SiR, Reason, Zacari, Ray Vaughn, and Doechii. TDE is also the former label of Kendrick Lamar. The label houses a production division that includes Digi+Phonics, THC, King Blue, Kal Banx and Derek "MixedByAli" Ali. The musical focus of the label is predominantly album-oriented and progressive rap.

RCA Records

RCA Records

RCA Records is an American record label currently owned by Sony Music Entertainment, a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America. It is one of Sony Music's four flagship labels, alongside RCA's former long-time rival Columbia Records; also Arista Records, and Epic Records. The label has released multiple genres of music, including pop, classical, rock, hip hop, afrobeat, electronic, R&B, blues, jazz, and country. Its name is derived from the initials of its defunct parent company, the Radio Corporation of America (RCA). RCA Records was fully acquired by Bertelsmann in 1987, making it a part of Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG) and became a part of Sony BMG Music Entertainment after the 2004 merger of BMG and Sony; it was acquired by the latter in 2008, after the dissolution of Sony/BMG and the restructuring of Sony Music. RCA Records is the corporate successor of the Victor Talking Machine Company, founded in 1901, making it the second-oldest record label in American history, after sister label Columbia Records, founded in 1889.

Music download

Music download

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Streaming media

Streaming media

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Source: "Kill Bill (SZA song)", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2023, January 29th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kill_Bill_(SZA_song).

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Notes
  1. ^ Cited to multiple sources:
    • Vulture: "Raw, candid writing isn't new for SZA; it's what made the previous album, Ctrl, such a breakout and one of the high marks of the confessional R&B; of the past decade."[1]
    • The Recording Academy: "The release of her critically acclaimed debut album Ctrl in 2017 solidified the artist not only as an R&B mainstay, but soundtracked the heartbreaks and growing pains of millions of young people. With her eloquent vocals and layered storytelling abilities, listeners felt every word like it was their own."[2]
    • The Line of Best Fit: "her debut Ctrl has ascended to classic status, going down as one of the decade's best and cementing SZA's voice at the forefront of contemporary R&B, and of pop."[3]
    • NME: Ctrl "ushered in a new era for R&B, one where the genre's boundaries shifted, bringing new levels of inventiveness into a classic sound and fusing it with indie, alternative, trap and more [...] SZA herself spent the aftermath of Ctrl trying to grapple with her new stardom and the huge impact that had on her life."[4]
    • The Daily Telegraph: "Ctrl, the triple-platinum, four-time Grammy nominated debut that propelled SZA to popstar status"[5]
    • The New Yorker: "Ctrl opened a portal—one that represented not just a major leap for the artist but a breakthrough for the genre itself. Her alternative slow jams pushed her voice to the fore and laid bare all the quirks of her dating life, establishing her as a distinguished millennial anecdotalist in the process."[6]
    • Consequence: In Ctrl, "SZA's personal style of lyricism has always read like an endless diary entry, and the transcendent nature of her genre-shifting abilities helped revolutionize modern R&B and pop."[7]
  2. ^ See the charts section for the exact peaks.
  3. ^ The first four singles from SOS before "Kill Bill" were "Good Days", "I Hate U", "Shirt", and "Nobody Gets Me".[77]
  4. ^ It began with the inclusion of a snippet of "Good Days" (2020), SOS's lead single, at the end of the video for standalone single "Hit Different" (2020). "Shirt" (2022), the album's third single, was teased at the outro for the "Good Days" music video; the "Shirt" video itself features a teaser of the album track "Blind" (2022).[87][88]
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