2LP, Green Translucent Vinyl
RCA (2017) US
SZA, one of the redefining voices of today's contemporary music era, entered the music scene in 2012 with her first critically acclaimed EP, See.SZA.Run. Following that, she released S in 2013 and Z in 2014, both to rave reviews. In 2013, SZA signed to Top Dawg Entertainment, being the first female artist to join the label. SZA wrote and performed on Rihanna's Anti single "Consideration" in 2016 and helped write Nicki Minaj and Beyonce's "Feelin Myself" in 2014. Born in Maplewood, NJ as Solána Rowe, SZA grew up listening to classic and avant-garde jazz, alternative, and rap. She renamed herself finding inspiration within the Supreme Alphabet: the ‘S' stands for savior or sovereign, the ‘Z' for zig-zag, and the ‘A' for Allah.
On the strength of hit lead single "Love Galore," SZA's major label debut CTRL claimed the No. 3 spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart and entered at No. 1 on Billboard's R&B Albums and No. 2 on the R&B/Hip Hop Albums charts. CTRL is revered for its raw and honest lyrics and features guest appearances by Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, James Fauntleroy and Isaiah Rashad. Noisey describes CTRL as "14 tracks of the dreamy R&B lusciousness that we've come to know and love the New Jersey singer-songwriter for." NPR calls CTRL "a resolutely confident and skillful R&B album that explores the notions of control and honesty," while The Shade Room proclaims, "‘CTRL is actuals! Imagine ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill' tailored for our generation."