SZA is fully in control!
After some uncertainty last year, the New Jersey songstress has finally released her much-anticipated debut album, Ctrl, via Top Dawg Ent./RCA Records.
Led by the Travis Scott-featured single “Love Galore,” as well as “Drew Barrymore,” the 14-track album includes additional features from Kendrick Lamar (“Doves in the Wind”), hitmaking singer-songwriter James Fauntleroy (“Wavy (Interlude)”) and TDE artist Isaiah Rashad (“Pretty Little Birds”).
SZA described Ctrl as a concept album. “I’ve lacked control my whole life and I think I’ve craved it my whole life. I couldn’t really arrive at it and now, I’m not really looking to arrive at it anymore,” she told The Breakfast Club. “I’m just happy to be present. It’s weird. If you try to control a future moment, it’s impossible. There’s no such thing as control anyway. It’s just a concept, a word, a fantasy. But if you focus on the way you feel in the now and what you do with the now, I feel like it leads to having true control in the future.”
The album was also inspired by her youth. “I [wrote about] my younger life, which was haphazard,” she said. “Being at sleep away camp away from my parents, being the only black girl, not even noticing until I got older, dealing with boys, self-hate, growth, and God. It’s the first time I’m literally writing about my life instead of figuratively writing about it.”
Stream Ctrl below.