Solange Adds Kendrick Lamar and the Letter 'S' to Pillowy 'Look Good With Trouble' Remix

'Looks Good With Trouble' reworks 'True' slow burner

Solange, Kendrick Lamar
Solange and Kendrick Lamar / Photo by Getty Images
Marc Hogan WRITTEN BY
Marc Hogan

Solange and Kendrick Lamar have teamed up on what's effectively a brand-new song, and the results are predictably intoxicating. On the adept-in-her-own-right Beyoncé sibling's excellent 2012 EP True, "Look Good With Trouble" is a roughly 90-second snippet of diaphanous R&B, closer to a sketch than an outright song. "Looks Good With Trouble" (note the extra "s"), her collaboration with Lamar, extends that silky interlude to an impeccable four-and-a-half minutes. Solange still expresses woozy longing for a bad-boy beau atop laid-back electro-R&B, but when the good kid, m.A.A.d. City rapper shows up, just as Solange represents a different kind of pop star, he's a different type of hip-hop bad boy: His problems are malfunctioning wi-fi signals, and he says that while he doesn't drink, he is spacing out to '70s jazz-funk guitarist-keyboardist James Mason. The "trouble" Lamar has in mind is a "troublesome world," and when he concludes, "The Olive Oyls always love the Popeyes," he follows with a deeply conflicted "I guess." And then another. The template here may be old, but they use it successfully in part by exploring their intense ambivalence. Brought you by the letter "S."

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