SZA had plenty of big-name detractors
SZA is experiencing otherworldly success right now. Her album full of raw break-up tunes and unabashed side chick anthems has earned her near unanimous critical praise and sales to go with it. But given the struggle to get her long-delayed album out there — one that nearly convinced the TDE singer to quit the music business altogether — it’s easy to see why people would have been skeptical before Ctrl dropped.
The singer revealed that she had skeptics in the highest halls in a recent interview with BBC Radio 1Xtra. While SZA clearly had some self-doubts before her album finally came together, it must have been shocking to hear those same nagging feelings echoed by someone as influential as Jay-Z.
“Jay-Z was the first person to tell me that he thought I was a fluke, to my face,” she said. “I laughed and I said, so do I.”
However, since the meeting with Jigga obviously came after her glow-up, the rapper-turned-mogul had to admit that he was wrong. SZA told the hosts that Jay-Z dropped the harsh critique as part of a compliment.
“He was just like, ‘You’re really good, you’re pretty good,’ and I was like ‘Thanks,’” she said. “He said, ‘I thought you were a fluke’ and I was like, ‘me too!’”
Jay is far from the only big name jumping onboard SZA’s hype train. Lorde snagged the singer for a remix of her song “Homemade Dynamite” and Beyonce saluted the singer for her track “Love Galore,” which sent her into a totally justified fit.
“STILL SCREAMING N CASE U WERE WONDERING BYE,” she wrote under a video of Bey’s set to the song.
Not Her Lowest
Promoting body positivity and good vibes, SZA has made loving yourself and your less than lady-like mistakes look good. Though, everything wasn’t always peachy for the singer. This high is a far cry from where SZA was at this point last year. She tweeted out that she was retiring and has admitted that she battled her way through a suicidal depression by praying.
“My life has just been falling the fuck apart,” she said in an interview with Complex about the then-upcoming album from last year. “I buried, like, three ex-boyfriends, my granny died, I buried someone two days ago… I’m devastated by the state of the world and the hatred.”
In an interview with W, SZA revealed that she’s tried to cut back on things that will get her in that headspace. “I guess on the internet, but I’m also anti-news right now,” she said. “I get it, the world is ending, we all know. I’d rather just not.”
However, all that tiring nonsense helped her create an album that clearly expressed how she felt. SZA said she simply didn’t have the reserves to be anything other than herself while working on Ctrl.
“I feel alive and clear on what I want. I don’t have the energy to create a filter anymore,” she said.
Listen To the Interview
Listen to the interview up top via the BBC . What do you think? Was Jay-Z right to think that SZA was a fluke? Did you, prior to the release of Ctrl? Do you think SZA has a follow-up on the same level of her debut that can dispel fluke talk forever? Sound off in the comments and be sure to SHARE this article.