Over the last week, there has been a lot of excitement around one of R&B’s most loved artist SZA. After three years she’s released her first single “Hit Different” which features Ty Dolla $ign. The track also contains production from The Neptunes. “Hit Different” marks the end of her hiatus from music after losing her grandmother; who was featured on the outro of “Garden (Say It Like Dat).” The single was released on Friday, September 4th, and was accompanied by a visual that she also directed. So in celebration of her return to music lets take a look back at her career and accomplishments so far.

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I can remember attending Afro-Punk about seven years ago and seeing SZA perform. I would like to say she was performing songs from her second EP S. At the time I didn’t know who she was and the potential she had to become the star that she is today. All I knew she was simply beautiful and unapologetically herself.

In 2017 SZA dropped her debut album Ctrl. which was the best R&B/Soul album of that year. The album contained the singles “Drew Barrymore”, “Love Galore”, “The Weekend“, and “Broken Clocks.” That same year, SZA received five Grammy nominations including one for Best New Artist. She received the most nominations of any female artist for the 2018 Awards but unfortunately didn’t win any of them.

Evolving More As An Artist

Now three years later after her debut release, SZA is picking up exactly where she left off. Writing and singing about making the best out of a not so ideal situation; and that’s exactly what she did with “Hit Different”. In the song, SZA expressed that she is unhappy with the love interest’s actions and her willingness to go through the difficulties around it. Outside of her pen, the sounds by the Neptunes helped flush this song out even more giving it a 90s vibe.  Overall this track shows how SZA is building onto the foundation she created with Ctrl.

Another thing I would like to point out about SZA is that she is adding even more to her skill set as an artist. She is now directing her own music videos. The visuals for “Hit Different” was the first she’s ever produced. In the past, she’s worked alongside other directors to give us this unique vibe. Now she’s able to expound on it and translate her vision directly.

I am so glad that SZA released new music to end the Summer. I feel that she is just beginning her rollout before the new project release hopefully this year. What is your favorite song by SZA? Let me know. Mine happens to be “Broken Clocks”.