Review of SZA’s “The Weekend”

The Tauhida Smith is currently pursuing an MBA with a concentration in Music Management from the William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Millersville University in Millersville, Pennsylvania. Tauhida is a violinist in a classical/contemporary string trio, Stroke Strings based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As an artist, she became intrigued with the business side of the music industry and enrolled in the MBA – Music Management degree program to learn more. 

Review of SZA’s Single: The Weekend

by Tauhida Smith

Top Dawg Entertainment’s First Lady, SZA, released the album, Ctrl in June 2017. Solana Rowe, better known as SZA, is an R&B singer and songwriter from St. Louis, Missouri. Most noteworthy, the singer/songwriter has written songs for major artists such as Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, and Rihanna. Furthermore, SZA continued to show her writing skills in her latest album, Ctrl with hits such as Drew Barrymore, Love’s Galore and now The Weekend. 

Cover of SZA’s latest album CTRL

With a heavy bassline, and sample from Justin Timberlake’s Set the Mood (Prelude), The Weekend is a soulful, yet daring solid piece of artistry. The song captures the feelings of every gal who has ever been the “other woman”, better known as the “side chick”. Here SZA explores the good, the bad, and the ugly from the other side of infidelity. In the song’s hook, SZA comfortably declares how she keeps “him satisfied through the weekend” and refers to the “main chick” as 9-5 (most likely signifying redundancy and boredom).

The Weekend speaks to every woman. While the majority of you may operate on another moral code than this song alludes, it goes through a myriad of emotions that most women have dealt with. The artist’s vulnerability and honesty helped me fall in love with this song.

Her delivery of the song makes it an anthem. SZA’s singing style is eclectic and funky. The lyrics are bold and free.

What I love the most about The Weekend is how different yet nostalgic it is. The feel of the track is something we haven’t heard in a while. Clearly it is most definitely going to be a classic song for SZA. The Weekend can be a teaching song for young girls (this is what you don’t want to be) and is an overall amazing song for anyone (men may not like the realness of this one).

The entire Ctrl album makes you feel like you are talking to yourself in the mirror. The artist goes through the motions and takes the listener along for the ride. And quite a ride it is. It’s one of those albums that you can put on repeat and play throughout the house on your day off. Or you could play this album in the car with your girls on a weekend road trip. Either way this album creates an intense musical “eargasm” that I have enjoyed all summer long.

Stream it, download it, buy it, fall in love with it like I have. Get excited about The Weekend. I mean we already do.

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