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5 SZA Songs You Need To Add To Your Playlist

SZA broke the internet again. The singer and songwriter is making headlines for her viral response on Twitter to a TikTok user who hinted that she was a lesbian. When a Twitter fan drew her attention to the TikTok video, she apparently corroborated the rumor by replying “That’s not fake lol”. Many fans applauded her response, praising her for embracing her sexuality. Others have speculated that she was faking it, drawing attention to some of the men she has known in the past.

No stranger to speculation and rumors, this is far from the first time SZA has caused a stir online. In a Twitter post from 2021, she caused quite a stir after revealing that she had turned down a photoshoot from a magazine publication because they wouldn’t allow her to have a black photographer.

“I asked for a black photographer for a cover n the mag told me no lol it’s 2021.. and almost Juneteenth. Respectfully I can’t do it,” she wrote at the time.

There are the many facets of SZA that the general public, and even some fans, do not know about her. But anyone who’s been a fan of SZA long enough probably knows that she can be quite open about her life on her various social media accounts like Twitter and Instagram.

Fortunately, this is not the only place where she shares her life and her emotions with her audience. His music speaks deeply to fans, and for good reason. Here are five SZA songs you need to add to your playlist.

teen spirit

After signing with TDE label, SZA released her single “Teen Spirit”. Teen Spirit is a haunting track that is part of SZA’s previous discography as an artist. In the song, she talks about how, as a teenager, it’s common to be fooled into thinking you know who you are and how the world works.

In her line “Emmanuel, how silly of me / To think I had it”, she draws attention to the famous poem “How crazy we were” by Emmanuel Oduro. The poem addresses the theme of teenage angst and inexperience, including the impact ignorance can have on your teenage years and beyond.

Set to a chilling beat, the haunting melody is heightened as she recites “Don’t come near / Don’t come near / You don’t even know me, know me,” evoking the tussle many young people find themselves as they navigate their youth.

As her fans know, SZA is a deeply spiritual artist. In the song, she highlights her spirituality with references to the Bible, including the story of Noah and the “morning star”.

normal girl

Normal Girl is a soul-baring song about wanting to be wanted for who you are rather than what you can do for someone.

It begins by depicting her tumultuous inner battle, knowing that the person she is intimate with wants nothing more from her. The song also draws attention to society’s gender norms, as it talks about feeling inadequate for not being the stereotypical girly girl.

Throughout the song, she oscillates between trying to change herself and accepting who she is. She explains the meaning behind the lyrics in his interview with the breakfast clubstating that she “took this idea of, you know, when you want a man, he’s unreachable. Like, you want his attention, you want his favor, you want to be the peak of his taste level, like all those things, so it’s just a natural feeling.

The dazzling upbeat tempo of the track speaks to the anxious longing SZA has for her love interest in the song.

Garden

In the song “Garden”, SZA writes a love letter to herself younger as the last single from her debut album CTRL. In the song, she talks about her feelings of self-doubt as she navigates a romantic relationship.

Throughout the song, she constantly seeks validation from her lover with lines like “Lie to me and say my booty is getting bigger even though it’s not” and “You’ll never love me but I believe when you say it like that.”

SZA evokes feelings of self-loathing and despair alongside a robust mix of R&B and pop melodies. The song’s outro features a soundbite of her deceased grandmother. In the audio clip, her grandmother can be heard encouraging SZA to know when to leave a toxic situation and to always hold on.

Go Gina

Tribute to the hit TV series, Martin, SZA writes about one of the main characters, Gina, drawing parallels between her and someone who can’t seem to let go and enjoy life. The song’s melody is dreamlike and melancholy, yet heavy, which supports the themes SZA writes about in the song.

Her narration begins with her explaining that “Taking a dime with pressure is/easier than holding you back”, alluding to the idea of ​​someone being uptight, bossy, or ungrateful. SZA goes on to say that while she is focused on improving herself, this person always finds a way to bring her down, like Gina’s character.

She ends the songs triumphantly exclaiming that she “belongs to no one” and emphasizing that her approach to taking care of her business works in her favor.

“It works for me, it works for me, no (Go Gina, go Gina)”

The song ends with the lyrics “Go Gina”, taken from the well-known phrase “You go girl” that Martin usually said to Gina when he was proud of her.

model

In 2017, SZA released “Supermodel”, another captivating track from his debut album. CTRL. In her interview with MTV News, she described it as “the easiest song to do” for the album, calling it a “mash-up” of her thoughts.

SZA talks about her experience with a guy who used to constantly deny her, a common relationship theme that many of her fans have found relevant. She tells interviewers, “He laughed at everything I tried to do. If I tried to sing, or thought I was too cute, he’d be like, ‘Haha, no.'” In the uplifting breakup song, she writes that she’s leaving him for good, finally getting back to her minds that she can do better than him.

And in the ultimate act of revenge, she confesses to having cheated on him with his friend.

Her challenge “Oh no, she didn’t, ooh yes, I did / Oh no, she didn’t, I’ll do it again” is heard over the sound of guitar strings that scratch gently. Although the song’s whimsical melody draws listeners in, SZA notes there’s a lesson there. She has learned not to compare herself to other women and hopes her fans can apply the same message in their personal lives as well.