Ask yourself when is the last time you openly talked about your sex life? We’re not talking your dirty group chat with your friends discussing your one night stand, but speaking out loud about being free about your sexuality? Well, SZA has done it for you. While the “birds and the bees” talk has always been a tough one, the rising artist breaks the ice with her debut album CTRL and gives us an inside look at her love life, sex live and what it means to have CTRL over things you should probably just be.
Sex is an underlying constant in the 14 track loaded gun SZA fired last week. Her debut album was long awaited, but we can honestly say it was worth it. The contemporary R&B roller coaster includes features from label mate Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, Isaiah Rashad, James Fauntleroy, and all add to the steamy stories SZA has to tell. With Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith, Pharrell Williams and Lang offering a helping hand on production, we can’t name one thing wrong sonically on this project.
In CTRL, the New Jersey based singer justifies being a side chick in The Weekend, cheating on her man with his friend in Supermodel, why real n*ggas don’t deserve p*ssy in Doves in The Wind, and we’re for it. Each track allows her audience to say what they’ve been dying to say about their sex lives and more. Creating a relatable platform for women in their “20 Somethings” was key in music as at this day in time,some have nothing but love and maybe a few dollars for fast food. Exploring sexuality is common in R&B as main topic usually revolve around love, relationships, cheating and more, but SZA effortlessly explored the subject without dropping a single name. The album remained a subtweet to her past lovers, but writing her wrongs wasn’t always easy to her.
“I used to be very figurative and also just kind of scared to talk about the way I felt in a literal way,” says SZA in interview on The Breakfast Club. As many of us, it’s much easier to “ask for a friend” instead pouring out our feelings to those we care about. SZA went into depth about CTRL and explained that her courage came from being tired of dealing with her personal life over the past few years. “My life has just been falling the fuck apart,” she said via Complex. “I buried, like, three ex-boyfriends, my granny died, I buried someone two days ago… I’m devastated by the state of the world and the hatred.” In all, the truth will set you free and we can guarantee there are no skeletons in SZA’s closet.
“I feel alive and clear on what I want. I don’t have the energy to create a filter anymore.” – SZA