Who Is Lion Babe? The R&B Duo Talks About Coming Together & Working With Childish Gambino

Meet the rising duo behind "Jump Hi" before they blow up.

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They may not have many songs out, but there's few new artists we're more excited about than Lion Babe. The New York duo, composed of 26-year-old producer Lucas Goodman and 25-year-old vocalist Jillian Hervey, caught our eye last year with their Childish Gambino collaboration "Jump Hi." Though we were impressed that a relatively unknown act was able to secure a Gambino feature, we were more impressed by Goodman's Nina Simone sampling beat as well as Hervey's soulful singing (not to mention her glorious curls).

Lion Babe actually released a song back in 2012 (“Treat Me Like Fire") but took a step back from the spotlight after securing a record deal with Interscope. After releasing "Jump Hi," the duo dropped the Lion Babe EP back in December. Since then they've been working  on their upcoming debut album which is reportedly being produced by the likes of Pharrell Williams, Jeff Bhasker, and TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek, among others.  In the meantime, we had the duo come by the Complex offices in New York to chat about what it was like growing up, how they got together, and how they ended up working with Childish Gambino. So get familiar and find out, Who Is Lion Babe?

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