SZA Covers FADER, Talks GRAMMY Snubs, Hating ‘CTRL’ & More

blame it on Meka February 28, 2018

Following a breakout 2017 in which she landed both critical and commercial acclaim, SZA graces a pair of covers for The FADER’s forthcoming Earth Issue.

Speaking to writer Kara Brown, Solana reflects on her (egregious) snubs despite being the most-nominated woman, at the 60th GRAMMY Awards, how Donald Glover couldn’t even get her out of her own head, and more.

Some choice quotes.

On losing at the GRAMMYs, because The Recording Academy is trash

“”I’’m not as mad as I thought I would be. I didn’’t have any expectations, actually. That’s why I wasn’’t super upset. Perhaps folks place too much importance on the entire situation in general, and place too much importance on the institution.””

On feedback from her peers

““I think when ‘‘Love Galore’’ went platinum, Donald [Glover] texted me like, ‘Do you still think it sucks?’ And I was like, ‘I dunno.’”” Later she says, “I didn’t even f**k with my own album, so I was confused and almost angry that everyone f**ked with it so much.”

On being TDE’s lone wolf

SZA admits that being a woman in the music industry, and the lone woman on her label, can be wild: “You’re forced to meet new people. Most of them are men. Never even had this kind of dynamic before, like, it’s f**king crazy. And it can drive you crazy if you don’t just understand how to utilize it.” But ultimately, she says, it’s a good fit. “I kinda carry myself like them but messier.”

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