American singer-songwriter Solána Imani Rowe (born November 8, 1989) is better known by her stage name SZA (/sz/ SIZ-). Her self-released extended plays (EPs), See.SZA.Run (2012) and S (2013), helped her become the first female artist to sign with Top Dawg Entertainment and helped her acquire first exposure. Her third EP, Z (2014), which debuted in the top ten of the US Independent Albums chart, was her first to be made available to digital retailers.
Her mother worked as an executive at AT&T, while her father was an executive producer at CNN. Panya Jamila, Rowe’s older half-sister, and rapper Daniel, also known as Manhattan, are his older brothers. Her father is a Muslim, but her mother is a Christian. She was brought up a Muslim and still adheres to its teachings.
Every day after finishing her regular education, she went to a Muslim preparatory school. Rowe stopped wearing her hijab in seventh grade as a result of bullying brought on by the September 11 attacks. Rowe participated in athletics like cheerleading and gymnastics while she was a student at Columbia High School.Rowe attended three different institutions after receiving his high school diploma in 2008 before deciding to attend Delaware State University to pursue a degree in marine biology. In the end, she left school during her last semester and immediately began working odd jobs to supplement her income. Drawing inspiration from Wu-Tang Clan rapper RZA, Rowe created her stage moniker using the Supreme Alphabet. Zig-Zag and Allah are represented by the last two letters of her name, and S is the initial letter.
SZA first met members of Top Dawg Entertainment during the CMJ New Music Report in 2011, when her boyfriend’s clothing company sponsored a show in which Kendrick Lamar was performing. Her early music was given to TDE president Terrence “Punch” Henderson, who was surprised with the quality of the material. The two stayed in touch, and after SZA began generating buzz with the release of her two EPs, TDE stepped in to sign her in 2013, making her the label’s first female artist. SZA’s early music was recorded with her friends and neighbors in which they “stole a bunch of beats off the Internet”. On October 29, 2012, SZA self-released her debut EPSee.SZA.Run.
SZA started writing songs for other female singers, such as Beyoncé and Rihanna, while working on A, which was later repackaged as her debut album and given the new title Ctrl. SZA co-wrote “Consideration” with Rihanna and Tyran Donaldson for Rihanna’s album Anti (2016); in addition to writing, SZA also sang on the song and later played “Consideration” live with Rihanna at the 2016 Brit Awards on February 24, 2016.
In January 2018, SZA featured with Kendrick Lamar on the track “All the Stars“, which was released as the lead single to the soundtrack album of the film Black Panther. The single peaked at number 7 on the BillboardHot 100, and this made SZA’s second top-ten hit on the chart, after Maroon 5, “What Lovers Do” which peaked at number 9 on the chart. SZA collaborated with Cardi B on the track “I Do” for the album Invasion of Privacy.
SZA posted a teaser called “PSA” on her Instagram on November 8, 2022, the day before she turned 33. A morse code for “S.O.S.” appears at the end of the video, leading to rumours about an upcoming project. Billboard officially announced on November 16, 2022 that the title and release date of her second studio album, SOS, are slated for December. SZA shared the SOS album cover to her Instagram account on November 30, 2022. SZA said that the album would be released on December 9, 2022 after playing “Shirt” and “Blind” on NBC’s Saturday Night Live. The album spent the first seven weeks at the top of the Billboard 200 Albums Chart in the United States, becoming the first R&B album and the female artist with the longest-running decade-long number-one album.
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