SZA has toyed with the idea retiring from music once before, when she tweeted (then deleted) “I actually quit” in 2016. Despite the success her debut album CTRL, SZA hasn't completely dismissed an early retirement, and in a new interview with Flaunt, she revealed that her next album might be her last one.
While she's confident she won't fall victim to a sophomore slump, SZA says she's “still miserable.”
“My world got so much smaller so fast. I have so much to write about. I feel like I’m in a cage,” she told Flaunt. She continued, “I’m making the best album my life for this next album and I know that… because it’s going to be my last album” — but apparently she delivered the news with a smile, which suggested she may or may not be serious about quitting.
It's hard to believe the singer wants to call it quits, as her debut album received five Grammy nods — for best new artist, best R&B song, best urban contemporary album, best rap/sung performance, and best R&B performance — even though she walked away empty-handed. She told Flaunt she believes “God didn’t give me the Grammys, because he knows I would have quit, like ‘I have nothing else to do.’”
The “Love Galore” discussed quitting music in an interview with Glamour last July, in which she explained that she has a “short attention span, and I don’t like to do things when they aren’t fun or I can’t grow anymore. This is a space where I feel like I’m growing and having a good time. I’m learning a lot, but sometimes it gets to be a lot and I feel like I can’t grow in this space. Like, I have to do something different to grow.”
On the plus side, fans will have six new songs to listen to when SZA unveils the deluxe version CTRL sometime this year.