SZA – no, not the newest member of Wu Tang – the only female artist under Top Dawg Entertainment released her third extended play last week. She’s been signed to TDE for about a year now, who include other artists like Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Isaiah Rashad and more; SZA’s sound doesn’t compare to her label mates. She has a neo-soul, jazz sound that’s reminiscent to old school R&B artists. For those who don’t know who she is here are ten facts you must know about SZA.
•SZA’s parents were very successful in their own right. Her father was an executive producer for CNN and her mother was an executive at AT&T.
•While her parents were from different religious sects, SZA was raised Orthodox Muslim.
•SZA attended college and majored in marine biology with the intention of even going to grad school. However, that fell through when she began completing odd jobs for money.
•Was bullied in school around the September 11 attacks due to her wearing a Hijab.
•She grew up listening to various artists such as Jamiroquai, Billie Holiday, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Bjork.
•She thinks Djimon Hounsou is the sexiest man on the planet.
•SZA claims her style comes from movies, specifically Wes Anderson films like Moonrise Kingdom.
•SZA, as she told Complex, comes from the Supreme Alphabet, an assigned meaning for every letter for the Roman alphabet. S stands for savior, though she expressed that it could also mean sovereign. Z stands for zig-zag and A for Allah.
•Started pursuing a music career in 2012.Google+