‘Love Galore’ singer SZA may be accustomed to just that from adoring fans who are impatiently awaiting the follow-up to her GRAMMY-nominated, 2017 debut album, ‘CTRL.’
However, while hard-at-work on the LP (reportedly due this year), the 29-year-old is admonishing critics who are limiting her style to the realm of R&B – a gripe sung by many-a-Black-artist.
As we reported here, SZA sizzled on the pages of the new ‘Wonderland’ magazine and now – thanks to quotes lifted from the accompanying feature article – is sizzling in the mouths of detractors who argue she may be overstating her importance in music.
See what we mean inside:
Taking to the mag, SZA revealed her early musical influences were far from R&B staples.
“I don’t know why, but I was very much an “MMMBop” person,” she says. “I loved that boy band energy. It was intoxicating.”
Later going on to list names like Ella Fitzgerald, Jamiroquai, Björk, and Limp Bizkit among her favorites, the songstress questioned why (given her influences) her eclectic sound is only branded R&B.
“Nobody does that to white people at all, ever. No one ever does that to Adele or Justin Bieber when they’re wholeheartedly singing R&B. Or Björk, where nobody’s sure what the f**k she’s singing, but it’s energy and nobody’s concerned.”
Her criticism didn’t stop there:
“It’s like the only genre that we’re allowed to own is R&B and soul, and even then you might get bumped outta that category by somebody with fairer skin and a better marketing team. But I can’t pretend it’s not exciting to see someone who isn’t black execute so exceptionally well. It’s mystifying; the soul is an energy. Like Nai Palm from Hiatus Kaiyote, she’s a f**king force to be reckoned with. She’s one of my favourite voices of soul right now, next to Ari Lennox. R&B is too fickle. I spent too much time growing up on just as much Imogen Heap, and listening to Comfort Eagle by Cake and vibing for people to call me a ‘queen of R&B’. Why can’t I just be a queen, period?”
Click here to see more from her stunning ‘Wonderland’ shoot.