The start of SZA’s career was different than many artist as she was noticed during the very beginning of her music making, but it was rocky in the event of getting signed and producing her first debut album. Since 2011 she has been practicing the art of music and self-released her first EP titled “See.SZA.Run” in October of 2012. In April 2013, she self-released her second EP titled “S”. Soon after in July 2013 it was announced she was signed to the same label as Kendrick Lamar, Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) in which she was the first and only female artist to be signed.
On April of 2014 TDE released Solàna’s first retail released EP titled Z. That was the start of her career as she has a range of songs and even a feature from Chance the Rapper. SZA started working on her debut album that was supposed to be initially entitled A, but she struggled with herself in depression and lack of self-love as well as issues with the label on getting a release date. Feelings were poured out via twitter as she used petty tweets to express her frustrations with label TDE. In the meantime, she began writing songs for artists such as Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, and Rihanna. With strong contributions from Rihanna and Tyran Donaldson, SZA co-wrote Consideration which was featured on Rihanna’s eighth studio album Anti not only did she help write it, she was featured on it and performed live with Rihanna for the first time at the 2016 Brit Awards on February 24th, 2016.
From the very beginning 2017 was an excellent year for SZA as she finally received her “big break”. In January of 2017 SZA announced her debut album will be titled CTRL opposed to A, that same month she performed her lead single Drew Barrymore off album CTRL on Jimmy Kimmel Live! On April 28th, 2017 SZA announced she had signed her first major label recording contract with RCA records.
On June 9th, 2017, Solàna released her debut album CTRL scoring an 86 out of 100 on Metacritic, it also debuted number 3 on the US Billboard 200 with 60,000 album equivalent units and 25,000 pure album sales. July 5th, 2017 Solàna announced an official North American concert titled “CTRL the Tour” to continue to promote the album. The tour started August 20th and ends December 22nd. Despite there being no European tour rapper/singer Bryson Tiller announced SZA would be opening for his “Set it Off Tour” which started October 17th and ends November 30th, which is separate from her tour.
In August 2017 SZA featured on Maroon 5’s song “What Lovers Do” and just a month later released the song “Quicksand” which appeared on HBO’s hit series Insecure. Following that she also announced that she has been working on a collaborative album with Mark Robson and Tame Impala.