It's Officially SZA Season
Not winning the VMA for “Best New Artist” does not negate the strength of her talent and art. The summer undoubtedly belonged to SZA. In fact, SZA is not new to many fans. SZA has previously released 3 EPs and with the success of CTRL, it is officially SZA season. SZA's background in music includes songwriting for top talent including Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, and Rihanna, and her future puts her in the spotlight.
Since her debut album, CTRL, released on June 9, SZA has proven to be one to watch in music. SZA's swift ascension has taken her from under the radar songstress to performing at award shows and touring across the country. CTRL, released on SZA's label Top Dawg Entertainment, features artists such as Travis Scott and TDE label mate, Kendrick Lamar who openly roots for SZA's success.
Her sultry lyrics and down to earth vibes make her music relatable for all 20-somethings trying to survive this awkward yet amazing stage. CTRL is the background music, chronicling the lives of many millennials exploring life, conquering insecurities, and romantic endeavors.
CTRL was able to capture the feelings of many. An album long awaited by many delivered everything fans needed right on time. CTRL takes the listener to a vulnerable place. On the album SZA does not take the classic heartbreak route routinely found in many albums. Instead, SZA sings about modern love affairs, combining hurt, self empowerment sexual freedom tapping into numerous emotions.
SZA has a devout fanbase who not only support her music but also capture her essence in fan art. Many tweet the singer in paintings, digital media and photography of work inspired by her art.
CTRL has taken SZA to the huge stages such as the 2017 BET awards, opening the 2017 Black Girls Rock award show and music and culture festival Afropunk Brooklyn. her music has even been featured on HBO hit show, “Insecure”. Her ongoing CTRL tour has also seen sell-out shows.
Her single “Love Galore”, featuring Travis Scott, remains on the Billboard charts for an ongoing 10 weeks and her track “The Weekend” is slowly but surely climbing behind it.
As CTRL takes her to new heights, SZA remains down to earth. She frequently interacts with fans on her social media platforms and shares her ups and downs including a lengthy list of allergies and excitement when other artists are enjoying her music.
Her transparency highlights the perfectly imperfect angles of SZA empowering her fan base and fueling her music.
As a SZA fan, I am ready for whatever she has in store.