After a tweet back in November hinted at a musical retirement, fans of the raspy-voiced firecracker SZA have been on the edge of their seats awaiting what could be her final album. Even though the tweet was quickly deleted, we all caught wind of it, as well as the subsequent interviews in which she didn’t backtrack. But, alas, 2017 has barely started, and SZA seems to be off to a running start. Just this week, she held an intimate listening party in NYC where she previewed a track with Travis Scott, and last night she dropped a new single via Apple Music entitled “Drew Barrymore,” mere minutes before her performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.
The track, which she describes as “brown grunge," serves it up raw, as the songstress tackles the topic of low self-esteem. Lyrics like, “I get so lonely I forget what I'm worth / We get so lonely we pretend that it's worse / I'm so ashamed of myself think I need therapy," are reflective of the recent loss and turmoil she’s described in interviews, noting the loss of her grandma and three ex-boyfriends. Her voice is full of angst, with touches of rage here and there, as she sings, “I'm sorry I'm not more attractive / I'm sorry I'm not more ladylike / I'm sorry I don't shave my legs at night / I'm sorry I'm not your baby mama / I'm sorry you got karma comin' to you / Collect and soak it in right.” Seems like our girl is indeed going through it and has channeled it all through her art. This might just prove therapeutic for all of us.
Check out the new single “Drew Barrymore” below, and let’s all touch and agree that all of SZA's recent activity is all building up to the release of a new album this year. Given the shenanigans of 2016, we deserve it.