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SZA on the Creative Process and How Anxiety Delayed Ctrl’s Release

When SZA posted “I actually quit” on Twitter regarding the delay of her debut album, supporters were concerned. Thankfully, she didn’t. About a year later — Ctrl was finally released and hit the #3 spot on Billboard’s ‘200’.

The lead single ‘Love Galore’ featuring Travis Scott was certified platinum by the RIAA and proves that hard work and dedication surely pays off.

Listeners have praised the album for its SZA’s transparency and singing about a lot of things that people wish they had the guts to say out loud.

In an interview with The Guardian, SZA says that when she tweeted about quitting, she was “super serious.“ “I don’t feel subscribed to anything. So I feel like, when this isn’t fun, I’m not gonna do it any more. When I can’t grow, I’m not gonna do it any more. But it’s still fun” she added. There is, however, a pause on that “for now.”

SZA, who is signed to Top Dawg Entertainment, says that anxiety delayed Ctrl’s release and affected the creative process: “I freestyle everything, all the way down. And I listen back and think, what’s sh*tty? And if something’s too sh*tty and I can’t put my finger on it, and I think, wow this sucks to me, then I get way frustrated, and usually scrap the song.”

On how her label forcibly released Ctrl: “They just took my hard drive from me. That was all. I just kept f**king everything up. I just kept moving sh** around. I was choosing from 150, 200 songs, so I’m just like, who knows what’s good any more?”

SZA says that Ctrl would have been a completely different album if her label didn’t release it: “No, absolutely not. Any longer and I probably wouldn’t … I’m also driving myself f**king crazy, so I don’t know. Give me another month and it would have been something completely different.”

Listeners won’t have to wait long for the next album: “I have less anxiety about the things that hindered me putting this album out, so I’ll probably be done in the next six months (January).”

SZA on the Creative Process and How Anxiety Delayed Ctrl’s Release
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