SZA Reveals In New Zane Lowe Interview That She Started Her Music Career To Prove A Point

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Grammy winning alternative R&B star SZA revealed in a new interview with Zane Lowe for Apple Music that she initially felt called to pursue music to prove a point to her ex-fiancé. Following struggling to discover her true passion, the New Jersey-raised singer decided to drop out of college a semester short of graduation. While she continued bartending to make a living, her fiancé, who she lived with at the time, handled the majority of their finances.

Eventually, SZA grew tired of being codependent on her ex-fiancé, who worked in design and was eight years older than her. Wanting independence and stumbling upon her vocal and writing abilities, SZA reflected that music felt like a natural transition for her to make.

Upon further elaborating upon her desire to continue creating new music, SZA revealed that she is “always proving a point.” The singer-songwriter has long been acclaimed for her ability to blend the alternative, hip hop, and R&B genres seamlessly for a new generation of listeners. Her early music rapidly found an audience on social media platform Tumblr, which popularized the alternative scene and associated fashion and lifestyle in the mid to late 2010s.

ACCRA, GHANA – SEPTEMBER 24: Sza performs on stage during Global Citizen Festival 2022: Accra on September 24, 2022 in Accra, Ghana. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Global Citizen)


SZA’s most recent album “SOS” came out in 2022, and went on to secure nine Grammy nominations for the 2024 awards season, making her one of the most recognized artists of the year. The album cover famously mimics an image of the late Princess Diana of Wales on vacation, staring pensively into the open water. A number of artists feature on the album, including Phoebe Bridgers, Don Toliver, Travis Scott, and more. “Kill Bill”, the album’s lead single, made a major splash across TikTok throughout this year, sparking a number of viral video trends.


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Fans were excited to see SZA’s recent mainstream success and critical acclaim after years of hard work within the indie scene before signing with a major label. Now with RCA, SZA’s unique albums continue to captivate a wide audience.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 15: Sza speaks onstage during the 27th Annual Webby Awards on May 15, 2023 in New York City.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 15: Sza speaks onstage during the 27th Annual Webby Awards on May 15, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for The Webby Awards)

Others found her transparency about overcoming codependency to be refreshing and well reflected in her writing.

SZA will soon release her next album “LANA”. The exact release date remains a mystery, though many hope it will be sooner rather than later, as “SOS” was released in December 2022. The album is currently expected to have seven to ten tracks.


The Grammy awards will be televised via CBS on Feb. 4, 2024.

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