Vivica A. Fox is giving fans more “kill bills” — but this time, in SZA’s new music video. The actress appears as SZA’s driver in the new Christian Breslauer-directed visual for the second track from her chart-topping album “SOS.”
The nearly five-minute video draws inspiration from Quentin Tarantino’s martial arts movies, which debuted across two volumes in 2003 and 2004. Foxx played Vernita Greene/Jenny Bell/Copperhead and Chanel in “Kill Bill: Volume 1” and “2,” and her character makes a brief cameo in the new video, which includes several action-packed nods to the film.
The opening scene references Bud’s trailer, and the video continues with replicas of some of the film’s most recognizable moments, including O-Ren’s anime compilation and the film’s super fight with Crazy 88 at the House of the Blue Leaves. As the video ends, the music switches to another “SOS” favorite, the haunting “Seek & Destroy”. (There’s also a short clip of “Nobody Gets Me” that plays at the beginning.)
The “Kill Bill” video was initially released Tuesday afternoon — only to be pulled moments later — and uploaded again in the hours that followed. “Lmao it’s going back soon,” SZA tweeted. “Just everyone is surprised when it pleases.”
SZA released a first Teaser for the Dec. 29 video, which shows the R&B singer zipping up a red biker jacket and wielding a samurai sword.
“Kill Bill” is a violent confessional told from the perspective of a jealous ex-partner. “If I can’t get you, nobody can,” SZA sings over an uptempo, slightly menacing beat. The song ends, “I just killed my ex, not the best idea / Killed his girlfriend, how do I get here?”
Released on December 9, “SOS” spent a month atop the Billboard 200, and as of January 9, “Kill Bill” sits at No. 3 on the Hot 100. In its opening week, the set logged 318,000 album units in the United States (as the fifth-biggest debut week of 2022), with 405 million on-demand streams, earning the second-biggest streaming week for an album by a female artist. album review, diversity wrote, “‘SOS’ isn’t just a statement piece: It’s practically a new bible of abstract contemporary soul,” praising SZA’s ability to “make danger, sex and joy so bold and exuberant.”
In February, R&B singer Omar will embark on her first arena tour in support of Apollo. The tour opens on February 21st in Columbus, Ohio and ends on March 22nd in Los Angeles. SZA will also hit arenas including Chicago’s United Center and New York City’s Madison Square Garden.