For many, SZA‘s ‘The Weekend’ sits nicely amongst the likes of Usher‘s ‘Burn‘ and Ciara‘s ‘Promise’ as one of the strongest R&B gems to drop within the last two decades.
Unfortunately, this week has seen the song’s epic critical run hit a snag.
Beyoncé after Solange showed her how she sabotaged Sza’s The Weekend video pic.twitter.com/mYa1ajSbk7
— ɔiᴎoɔi (@thottybey) 22 December 2017
On the receiving end of unfair criticism? The visual’s director Solange.
SZA supporters used social media to share their thoughts on the video.
Solange pitching the weekend video to SZA and TDE pic.twitter.com/m9po8uRHxM
— ⠕⠎⠁⠙⠕⠇⠕⠗ (@papiifenty) 22 December 2017
SZA: so I think the video should follow the so-
Solange: we doing it like cranes in the sky
SZA: but the songs abo-
Solange: CRANES IN THE SKY pic.twitter.com/xBVRJ40VME
— Baby E✨ (@BoyItsBvbyE) 24 December 2017
I had to smoke then rewatch SZA video to appreciate it. It’s not bad. The critique is that Solange as a director interjected too much of her own art into her vision for another artist. Looked as though SZA was visiting Solange’s world and not starring in her own video.
— Reclaiming My Coin. ?? (@thesalteater) 24 December 2017
Ok… So can we agree to keep Solange away from all projects SZA related?
— Kings (@KAAkrofi) 24 December 2017
I feel like sza didn’t like the weekend after she realized the concept and all but it’s solange so she was afraid to complain my poor girl
— Ally (@honeykehIani) 23 December 2017
Nah but straight up, SZA could’ve given us a “Babylon” type video and it would’ve made sense. It didn’t have to be direct with story lines and shit, it just didn’t have to be that. I respect Solange and her aesthetic and i can appreciate the video, but not for “The Weekend”.
— ??Basquiat Case?? (@Misfit_Vee) 23 December 2017
Solange straight played tf outta SZA with The Weekend video, lmaooo I’m SO disappointed ??? #tryagain
— Boo Boo The Fool (@shortylyric) 23 December 2017
Solange has long been obsessed with parking lots, Sza shoulda known better and pulled the plug.
The video is a visual representation of what happens internally when an ‘artist’ hears someone else’s song and wishes they had wrote it.
— Ezra. (@ezratrose) 23 December 2017
Some critics even went as far as to suggest the artistic Solange ruined the visual intentionally.
Does Solange have an issue with SZA? I’m so confused.
— silvio dante (@ehndrea_) 23 December 2017
Man, Solange really did SZA dirty ??? this slander hilarious https://t.co/15qGt9RJO8
— 47. (@_LXRD_) 23 December 2017
Did Solange sabotage SZA on purpose? I need answers.
— festive legend❄️? (@BMCakeCakeCake) 23 December 2017
This Solange/SZA video debacle reminds me of the Kanye/Drake ‘Best I Ever Had’ video sabotage.
— mobbdeen (@Deen8) 23 December 2017
If you’re still confused about what Solange did with Sza’s new video, here it is. It’s called SABOTAGE ? https://t.co/LpjeXYdoaV
— Jumanjoe (@joseph_nti) 22 December 2017
Some of y’all love a fake deep “artsy” mess.
I love Solange but she ruined SZA’s “The Weekend” video. I almost want to say it was sabotage.
It doesn’t make sense for the song and it’s close to weird. Tf
— mister old soul (@monologueNacafe) 22 December 2017
Did we think the visual was great? No.
However, we’d say its beauty lies in the fact two of the world’s more artistic and esoteric artists immortalised their friendship with a video we’re sure SZA is very happy with.
What we were hoping for?
A tale of romance, betrayal and murder set in the 90s inspired by Halle Berry‘s ‘The Rich Man’s Wife.’
Just an idea.