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Hit Different: Why SZA Thinks Stillness Is Overrated

“2020 definitely affected my ability to create and just the way I see everything."

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Since SZA's last album, Ctrl, debuted in 2017, the singer has been kind of quiet on the music tip. The release, which, btw, is still the longest-Billboard-charting debut album ever by a Black female artist, was three long, long, long years ago, and it took over the culture with classics such as "The Weekend" and "Love Galore". The album was a giant, and went on to earn her five Grammy nominations.


The artist has only released two solo singles since, "Hit Different" (featuring Ty Dolla $ign), and "Good Days" (which she previewed at the very end of the "Hit Different" music video), on the tail end of 2020. But now our girl is BACK, ya'll. Back with new music, back giving us grade A interviews for us to swoon over her even more.

SZA (real name Solána Imani Rowe), shines as the latest cover girl for the February 2021 issue of Cosmopolitan, coming through with her usual gems. Sis discussed her Grammy snubs in the past, where she originally envisioned her life, and so much more to hold us over as we wait on this album to drop.

And we've got you covered with a few of our favorite highlights below:

SZA on New Music:

"Sometimes you just want to make something fucking awful just to rage against the system, but that's not where I'm at. In this space, I just want to do what I want without any pressure, without any hyper-conversation about it."

She goes on to say:

"This album is going to be the shit that made me feel something in my...here and in here," laying one hand on her heart and the other on her gut. "That's what's going to go on the album. I'm making all different types of shit every day from different places in my spirit."

SZA on Self-Care:

SZA's self-care routine is extremely calculated. It includes crystals, which she often charges, DIY intention oils, daily exercise, and a couple of go-to astrologers.

For her oils:

"I mix rose-hip, hemp, jojoba, and evening primrose."

As for her favorite astrologer:

"I love [@iJaadee]. She's mean as hell—she's from Memphis—but she's a lovely girl and she keeps it funky."

SZA on Surviving 2020:

"2020 definitely affected my ability to create and just the way I see everything. It forced me to restructure. I'm bored as fuck when I'm not overwhelmed."

Sza on Legacy:

"Right now, more than ever, I'm just figuring it out—who I am and what I want that to be. Before, it was more about letting people know that I was a good writer and that I shouldn't be counted out. And now it's more, You have power; you can shape the world based on the things you genuinely care about."

Wow.

SZA's new album is slated to drop sometime this year. In the meantime...Alexa, play "Broken Clocks".

To read the full feature, head over to Cosmopolitan.

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