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“I’ve never really talked about relationships in a direct way. I used to be very metaphorical, very figurative, and also just kind of scared to talk about the way I felt in a literal way.”

— SZA, recording artist

SZA just released her debut album Ctrl this past Friday, one that has been highly anticipated by her cult following of fans. This is a solid effort from start to finish. I'm pleasantly surprised. Definitely worth the wait. I never really got a sense of who SZA was prior to now. Ctrl is very honest, very real, and speaks candidly about love and relationships from her perspective and real life experiences. How candid, you ask? "Let me tell you a secret/I been secretly banging your homeboy" kind of candid. True story. She doesn't hold back with this one.
 If you're late to the SZA party, start here. And be sure to check out her hour-long interview with The Breakfast Club.