Last month rising singer-songwriter ZZ Ward, who pulls off the rare trick of melding blues and hip-hop, sat down with us for an interview and a performance of "Put the Gun Down."

Now, before her full-length debut "Til the Casket Drops"  drops Oct. 16, we're exclusively debuting "Lil Darlin," a track from the record Ward recorded with Chicago soul outfit the O'My's. About the track, Ward said (in a statement passed along by her publicist), "The O'Mys created something so soulful and pure and Blended Babies flipped it on its head, bringing that true grit and what they do best. This song reminds me of everything I grew up listening to, a grimy beat colliding with some good ol' dive bar blues. For that reason, it's one of my favorites!"

Listen above and enjoy!

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