SZA by Djeneba Aduayom for Cosmopolitan

SZA Talks New Music and Legacy for Cosmopolitan

I will say. SZA is probably my favorite “iZA.” Right next to the GZA. All jokes aside, I’m happy that it’s SZA SZN and we’re about to get new music from the very talented R&B singer. In her interview with Cosmo, SZA talks about her Grammy snub and her legacy in music. Photos were taken by Djeneba Aduayom.

Singer SZA poses in LaQuan Smith bodysuit and skirt.

On her Grammy snub

“I’m just a girl from the ’burbs. I never had dreams of being nominated for a Grammy. I thought I was going to be a gymnast and a fucking business accountant somewhere. Or working at Nike corporate or some shit in Portland. Who knows, but something that involved a power suit. So it’s not a heavy burden. Once you’ve been nominated and lost, you’re very much free because you’re not concerned. I passed that threshold years ago—it’s an old energy to me. Why would I be mad?”

SZA wears Christopher John Rogers top.

Being patient after releasing her debut 4 years ago

“Sometimes you just want to make something fucking awful just to rage against the system, but that’s not where I’m at. In this space, I just want to do what I want without any pressure, without any hyper-conversation about it.”

Flaunting some shoulder, SZA poses in Alexandre Vauthier jumpsuit.

Expectations for next album

“This album is going to be the shit that made me feel something in my…here and in here. That’s what’s going to go on the album. I’m making all different types of shit every day from different places in my spirit.”

Looking pretty in pink, SZA poses in Alexandre Vauthier jumpsuit with Amina Muaddi heels.

On her legacy

 “Right now, more than ever, I’m just figuring it out—who I am and what I want that to be. Before, it was more about letting people know that I was a good writer and that I shouldn’t be counted out. And now it’s more, You have power; you can shape the world based on the things you genuinely care about.”