SZA - 'Hit Different' Review

Label: RCA Records

Release Date: 4th September 2020


"Premiering alongside a self-directed music video with some stunning Aaliyah inspired looks and kaleidoscopic colour, ‘Hit Different’ proves that SZA remains the queen of the modern-day slow jam."

SZA. Credit: Blair Caldwell.

SZA’s Ctrl was iconic from the moment it was released. Lingering on every bad bitch playlist even now, three years down the line, it felt and still feels like one of the most important releases of the last few years: its lessons in self-love, acceptance and knowing your worth remain defining. Yet, since its release, things have been a bit quiet in SZA-land, bar a few features. ‘Hit Different’ marks her long-awaited return.


Premiering alongside a self-directed music video with some stunning Aaliyah inspired looks and kaleidoscopic colour, ‘Hit Different’ proves that SZA remains the queen of the modern-day slow jam. Sultry but as self-assured as ever, the narrative of the ups and downs of a relationship is one she has mastered yet one she never fails to thrive in. Her vocals remain some of the silkiest in the game – combined with The Neptunes signature production, and a feature from Ty Dolla $ign? A match made in heaven.


Of course, however, SZA remains firmly the star of the show. With so many fans desperately awaiting new music, that first release had to be gold with such high expectations. ‘Hit Different’ is exactly that. SZA never fails to hype you up in a way – ‘Hit Different’ is no different, offering the confidence boost that we need right now more than ever.



Words by Neive McCarthy.



5th September 2020.

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