What if I said the next album you hear from SZA will be her last? Well, it seems like that statement can become reality, as the 27-year-old singer may be on the verge of being done with making music. Her debut album, CTRL, was a huge success, receiving praise from fans and critics alike. It went Platinum with featured hits like “The Weekend”, “Love Galore”, and “Broken Clocks”. She completed her CTRL Tour for the album, has picked up sponsorships from MasterCard and Gap, and even received five Grammy nominations along the way. Her rise to fame has happened seemingly overnight, so why would someone at the top of their game want to call it quits so soon?
In a recent interview with Flaunt, she reveals why stating ” I’m still miserable. My world got so much smaller so fast. I have so much to write about. I feel like I’m in a cage. I’m making the best album of my life for this next album and I know that… because it’s going to be my last album.”
It should be noted that the interviewer said SZA delivered this statement with a grin, but there’s still some room for concern. Some believe she may be afraid she’ll experience a sophomore slump with pressure to release another album as great, if not better, than CTRL. Others that follow the singer believe it could just be another empty threat, as she has announced her “retirement” from music before. On Twitter back in 2016, she tweeted, “I actually quit”, while also tagging Punch, President of TDE saying he could release the album if he wanted. The tweet was later deleted, but a lot of people took notice.
SZA may have said this is her last album, but she could still very much be involved in the industry, releasing singles, EP’s, and/or doing features. After her Grammy loses, she also declared, “God didn’t give me the Grammys, because he knows I would have quit, like ‘I have nothing else to do.'” There have also been rumors that she would like to get involved in a film too. Whatever she decides to do, we’re rooting for her and anticipating her follow up album that is currently in the works.