SZA’s Set For The Weekend

The R&B Star Wants To Share Her Lover

BY: Rudie Obias

R&B singer/songwriter SZA (pronounced “Scissa”) had a bit of a moment at the end of 2017. She released her debut album Ctrl to critical and commercial success, she appeared on Saturday Night Live, and she received five Grammy nominations, including Best R&B Song and Best New Artist. SZA (whose real name is Solána Imani Rowe) just released the new single “The Weekend” with a sexy new music video to go with it.

Written by SZA and producer Cody Fayne, “The Weekend” also shares a writing credit with Justin Timberlake and Timbaland because it samples “Set the Mood” from Timberlake’s FutureSex/LoveSounds album. It’s a song about embracing polyamorous relationships and sharing your lover with another woman with lyrics like “You take Wednesday, Thursday/Then just send him my way/Think I got it covered for the weekend.”

The music video, directed by Solange, features SZA prancing through empty spaces and an open balcony and apartment that highlights the singer’s sexy body and moves. It’s a minimalist music video that’s designed to set the viewer’s focus on the song and SZA herself. I mean, what more do you need? The song is seductive and SZA is sexy as hell. I’m sold!

While she’s gained a modest following over the last few years with her collaborations with Kendrick Lamar, Jill Scott, and Chance The Rapper, SZA is breaking into the mainstream and crossing over into rock and pop circles with new joint ventures with Maroon 5 and Australian indie rockers Tame Impala. Her influences can be felt through her music and style, which reflects the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Björk, and Lauryn Hill.

“It’s another representation of the egoic mind, the want for control because you can’t accept lack of control,” SZA opened up about her new album title to Pitchfork. “Control is not real, and I’m really understanding that every day. It’s about the acceptance of relinquishing control that makes it powerful for you.”

With her big year in 2017, it’s easy to see how SZA will continue finding success in 2018. Ctrl is now available on iTunes and Spotify.