(NOTE LANGUAGE) SZA is fully embracing who she is, even if that means she’s not very nice at times. That acceptance, she says, is reflected in her latest project, SOS, which sees her “coming to terms with all the different parts of me.”
“Right now I’m just entering my era where I am accepting that I might be a b****, and that’s OK,” SZA tells People. “Not all the time, but I’m not a bubblegum sweetheart and that’s OK. I’m OK with also being the villain, I’m OK with speaking my mind and just being who God designed me to be.”
“I can’t be sad just ’cause I’m not a sweetheart,” SZA continues when explaining her path to self-acceptance. “I feel like I’m multifaceted, I can be really sweet, I can be really vengeful, I can be violent, I can be nurturing and all these things.”
SZA’s SOS dropped last month and has since been dominating the Billboard 200. It’s also making a mark in the United Kingdom, as it became the #1 trending song in the country, People reports.
The album features 23 songs, including “Good Days,” which she intentionally placed before the final song, “Forgiveness.” Explaining her decision, she says, “‘Good Days’ is gentle and hopeful and all these things, but the truth is life is arresting and it’s not going to end how we want. And a lot of sh** that’s been done to me, or that’s happened in general, I may move on and accept things, but I’ll never forget.”
SZA continued, “It’ll always be f*** you in a special place in my mind. So it’s that. It’s like, ‘Yeah, we can move forward and believe in good days and all that, but don’t forget. Don’t forget it’s still f*** you.’”
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