Music Review: Thank god SZA finally released Ctrl

For a while there, it seemed like SZA would never release Ctrl. The singer-songwriter (and sole R&B act on TDE, which also houses Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, and Isaiah Rashad) had released three brief but rich records: 2012’s See.SZA.Run, 2013’s S, and 2014’s Z. These were gauzy, atmospheric affairs, snapping to attention around individual samples or turns of phrase, as impressive as they were allusive. She hinted that her next record—dubbed, naturally, A—would be her last, but 2015 came and went with no release. Late last year, she tweeted, in apparent exhaustion with years of behind-the-scenes bullshit, “I actually quit. (TDE president Punch Henderson) can release my album if he ever feels like it. Y’all be blessed.” The tweet has since been deleted.

a word from RZA pic.twitter.com/vKIMyOBscA

— TOP DAWG #TDE (@dangerookipawaa) May 25, 2017

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