SZA expects her next album to be the best music she’s made in her life, which is why she’s suggesting her musical follow-up to 2017’s Ctrl will be her last.
“I’m still miserable,” she told Flaunt in a recent interview. “My world got so much smaller so fast. I have so much to write about. I feel like I’m in a cage. I’m making the best album of my life for this next album and I know that … because it’s going to be my last album.”
Don’t panic yet though — SZA has often toyed with the idea of early retirement. Frustrated over album delays in 2016, she tweeted “I actually quit” and gave the go-ahead for TDE’s Terrence “Punch” Henderson to release her album whenever he felt like it.
By the end of 2016, SZA had given an interview to Complex saying Ctrl would be her last album. She hoped to get into something more visual, like film, noting that she deals with major anxiety.
Once Ctrl finally dropped in June 2017, it went on to debut at #3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, was nominated for multiple Grammys and has been certified platinum. HipHopDX also named Ctrl as 2017’s Best R&B Album and gave “Love Galore” featuring Travis Scott the award for Best R&B Song Of 2017.
“God didn’t give me the Grammys, because he knows I would have quit, like ‘I have nothing else to do,’” she said to Flaunt.
SZA’s comment about her next album being her last was reportedly delivered “with a grin,” suggesting she may have been joking and that she isn’t actually going anywhere.
In any case, she still hasn’t even started putting together the next album yet.
“I’ve been talking shit to myself on different topics every day for the last week, which is typically how I start — coming up with little catchphrases in the car on the way home, and I’ll be like, ‘Cute.’ Then I’ll be like, ‘I think I’m ready to write and start recording,’” she explained.