SZA only fell in love with music after working on her debut album

Courtesy of RCAHer debut album Ctrl entered the Billboard 200 at #3 last week and her latest music video for “Drew Barrymore” features a brief cameo from the real-life actress who inspired the song’s title.  

But, rising star SZA says that she didn’t even fall in love with music until she started working on the album.

In a recent interview with Genius reporter Rob Markman, she explains, “It wasn’t like something where I felt like if somebody knocked me off, I would get back into [music].”

“I was still having weird, emotional experiences with it and I couldn’t figure out how to be the artist I wanted to be.”

SZA continues, “I couldn’t figure out how to begin to move towards being as good as I wanted to be. And then with this album I think, somehow, I just got caught up.”  

The entertainer, who released three studio projects before Ctrl, also reveals where her stage name comes from. 

She says, “It’s really not even a story. My name is Solána. People call me Soso, for short. Sos comes from Sosa. [But] nobody could call me that at the time [because] Chief Keef was, like, blazing in the streets.” 

As you may recall, Keef released a song in 2012 called “Love Sosa.” 

“It was weird for me to also be Sosa,” she said. “SZA just kind of like arrived at me.” 

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