SZA Talks ‘Ctrl,’ Donald Glover & Grammy Losses In ‘The Fader’

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After a two-year delay, SZA’s debut LP Ctrl finally arrived in 2017 and promptly became a phenomenon. A brutally honest look at love and modern relationships, the album peaked at number 3 on the Billboard 200 and earned five Grammy nominations. However, as the R&B singer explains in her Fader cover story, she’s less than happy with it. “I’m thankful that people don’t think it sucks, but I’m gonna have to achieve a 10 in my brain,” the 27-year-old explains. It turns out, SZA is much harder on herself than the rest of the world.

“I didn’’t even fuck with my own album, so I was so confused and almost, like, angry that everyone fucked with it so much,” the “What Lovers Do” hitmaker continues. “It meant everything I felt about myself was wrong. And it was just like, ‘If that’s not the truth, then what is the truth?”'” Donald Glover was one of the people that gently urged her to be less critical of herself. “I think when ‘’Love Galore’’ went platinum, Donald texted me like, ‘’Do you still think it sucks’?’ And I was like, ‘‘I dunno.’”'”

Unfortunately, Ctrl didn’t win any of the Grammys it was nominated for, but SZA takes that in her stride. “I’m not as mad as I thought I would be,” she says. “I didn’’t have any expectations, actually. That’’s why I wasn’’t super upset… Perhaps folks place too much importance on the entire situation in general, and place too much importance on the institution.”” Read the full interview here.

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