It’s safe to say that this is SZA’s year.
The 26-year-old singer has dominated the music industry in just a short amount of time. Her debut album “Ctrl” has topped the R&B charts – making it the third album by a female to do so – not to mention that it just went gold.
Her songs have been featured in HBO’s hit series ‘Insecure’ and she’s recently collabed with Maroon 5 and Lorde. Icons such as Beyonce and Solange are among the rest of her biggest fans.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, SZA opened up about anxiety, almost quitting music, and not wanting to be labeled as an artist.
“People grapple with labeling me as hip-hop, R&B, or pop, and it’s interesting to me. I’m just making music,” she said. “I listen to Stevie Nicks. I love classical jazz. I love folk. I love rap. I love Modest Mouse. I’m making an album with Tame Impala and Mark Ronson. When you try to label it, you remove the option for it to be limitless. It diminishes the music.”
One of the most common problems within the music industry is the pressure that artists face to be labeled. People should take note from SZA and allow the artists to just make music, without a label.