“Real niggas do not deserve pussy/Meaning it's more, you see right through the walls/Ain't talkin’ about pussy/Meaning you deserve the whole box of chocolates/Come at me”
-Doves in the Wind
Wow. This album is everything I've been searching for and more! It's hella rare that I keep up with current music, (because I'm more than content with my aged Spotify playlists of Erykah Badu, Sade, & Rakim) but this was an album I HAD to tune in for. After listening through once, then twice, then once more high, I’m finally ready to articulate my thoughts.
Love is the centerpiece of this album- whether that be through heartbreak, self love, self doubt, it's all in there. The point is, this album is completely and utterly SZA. She reveals her heart in such a bare way, that even left her nervous to show the public. Little did SZA know, pretty much everyone can relate to this album (fortunately or unfortunately...I'm still trying to decide). SZA’s debut album (originally to be titled A) is just the stretched out start of an everlasting career.
“I was really ashamed of my voice, ashamed of myself, so I didn't want to hear myself clearly”
With features from charting artists like Travis Scott, Isaiah Rashad, and Kendrick Lamar, each song tells a story that's meant to be heard. Twice. And again when you go through that horrible breakup (even if that breakup is with your old self). I think what makes Ctrl so important and special is that you'll find people who are completely different that relate to this album. My favorite song from the album would have to be Drew Barrymore, of course. Speaking on an unhealthy relationship and the loneliness that accompanies it.
If you haven’t yet checked out Ctrl (why are you under a rock?!), Culture Piece has your back! Check out my favorite song from the album below!
Words by Maya Clark