Okay, I did not have a SZA album on my 2022 bingo card (did any of us?), and in April, after we launched our digital cowl story sequence, I actually didn’t assume we’d get to cap off the 12 months with a fully hearth interview along with her. Stranger issues have occurred, although, and right here we’re.
For our ultimate cowl of 2022, SZA (recent off a Saturday Evening Stay efficiency) sat down with Jewel Wicker to speak about her sophomore album SOS, which arrived on Friday, December ninth. The dialog produced an enchanting glimpse into the artist’s thoughts, with one major takeaway: SZA is extra than simply an R&B singer.
If you happen to’ve been intently paying consideration, SZA’s really been making an attempt to get this level throughout for years. Rewinding to 2013 — when SZA had simply inked a cope with High Dawg Leisure — in a CoSign interview with Consequence revealed that November, she mentioned her Z EP, which might finally come out the next spring. “Every track, I actually imagine, has its personal style. It’s genre-less. It’s form of actually simply me,” she stated on the time, “only a illustration and presentation of me.”
SZA and Jewel’s dialog may change your notion of the singer-songwriter. It may not. Both approach, SZA appears cool with it; she doesn’t want our validation. As she echoes to us almost 9 years to the day after that first interview: “It has nothing to do with different individuals. It’s simply me being me and the kind of music I prefer to make.”
I’m grateful to all the artists who helped us road-test the quilt story course of this 12 months, however I’d be mendacity if I didn’t say this one was my favourite but. Hopefully you had the possibility to dig into SOS over the weekend, as a result of this interview rounds out the story of the album properly.
Take a look at the quilt story right here, and tell us who you’d like to see on a canopy within the new 12 months. Take pleasure in, and completely happy holidays from all of us right here at Consequence!
— Gab Ginsberg