It’s been a long three years since her last project, but SZA is back with her debut album “Ctrl”. This 14 track gem is awkwardly relatable to any millennial woman who’s encountered a f**k boy. Her pen game, vocals, style and irresistible vibes are pure magic. Below is our top 5 bops on Ctrl!
“Let me tell you a secret I been secretly banging your homeboy.”
Iconic. Truly. SZA’s savage level is clearly on ten, and I’m so here for it. In a recent interview with The Breakfast Club, SZA let us know she cheated because her man was in Vegas having an orgy. Justified or not, SZA definitely didn’t hold back on honesty in this project.
4. Love Galore
“Why you bother me when you know you don't want me?
Why you bother me when you know you got a woman?
Why you hit me when you know you know better?”
These are valid questions that need answers. What do ashy boys and trifling girls like to play with that you can never get back? Time! While SZA talks about a man in the song, the lyrics can also be relatable to anyone (regardless of gender) going through the motions of a situationship. When we get past all the hurt on this track, Travis Scott totes a verse evoking similar but more hopeful emotions. The visuals accompanied with this collab are also to die for.
3. Drew Barrymore
“I get so lonely, I forget what I'm worth.
Cause it's hard enough you got to treat me like this
Lonely enough to let you treat me like this
Do you really love me
Or just wanna love me down, down, down, down?”
Who told Solana Imani Rowe she can sing about my life on this track? This song is embarrassingly relatable and SZA says literally everything that one might not want to. Nothing about this song was sugarcoated and we definitely respect her for giving it to us raw like that.
2. The Weekend
“Is you comin' home? Is you out with her? I don't care long as you're here by 10:30.
No later than, drop them drawers Give me what I want
My man is my man is your man Her, this her man too.
My man is my man is your man Her, that's her man Tuesday and Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
I just keep him satisfied through the weekend.”
This song definitely caught us off guard. With side chicks being such a hot topic in this generation, I felt like this song was much needed. Sometimes side chicks know their role while in other scenarios the girl has no idea she’s the mac-n-cheese to the fried chicken dinner. Don’t let sis gas you up though; everyone is NOT down for making schedules to share their man. Don’t get your wig pushed back because you're out here trying to keep someone satisfied through the weekend.
1. Broken Clocks
"Been about three years since I dated you
Why you still talking 'bout me like we together?
I moved on for the better
You moved on to whoever
I was down for whatever and then some
You gonna make me late to work again"
After all the hurt, SZA finally moves on from the f**kery. She's leveled up and cannot be bothered by her past but alas, the past keeps coming back to interrupt her grind. Unfortunately it seems that sis is still having relations with her past man but get it how you live, right?! The song definitely has a smooth vibe to it and most importantly resonates with the amazing feeling of being unbothered and finding your own happiness.
Overall, Ctrl is the most transparent album of 2017 so far. SZA is definitely following in the footsteps of her big TDE homie Kendrick Lamar and creating her own lane in the process. Ctrl is raw, uplifting, sad and necessary. Thank you SZA.
Stream the album here: CTRL
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