Singer SZA. Image: Instagram via @iluv_solana

Singer SZA. Image: Instagram via @iluv_solana

SZA reflects on her album ‘Ctrl’ seven years after its debut

Singer SZA celebrated the seventh anniversary of her debut album ‘Ctrl’, expressing her gratitude on Instagram.

Singer SZA. Image: Instagram via @iluv_solana

Singer SZA. Image: Instagram via @iluv_solana

In the realm of contemporary R&B, few albums have had the enduring impact of SZA’s debut studio album, Ctrl.


Released on 9 June 2017, the album not only solidified SZA’s place in the music industry but also resonated deeply with fans worldwide.

Seven years on, Ctrl remains a beloved classic, with tracks like Love Galore, 20 Something, The Weekend, and Broken Clocks.

All these songs went on to achieve RIAA Platinum certification, according to Rap-Up.

SZA marked the seventh anniversary of Ctrl with a heartfelt reflection on her Instagram Stories.


“Seven years ago today. Seven is my number. Today will be excellent. Happy birthday, Ctrl. Thank you for saving my life,” she wrote.

This encapsulated the profound personal significance of the album.

SZA’s gratitude extends beyond her Instagram.

She also geared up for a highly anticipated performance at the Governors Ball in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, New York.

As the headline act, SZA shared the stage with artists like Don Toliver and Kevin Abstract.


Reflecting on Ctrl‘s journey, it’s clear that the album’s success was immediate and sustained.

It debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and has never left the chart since.

The 14-track project featured notable collaborations with Travis Scott, Kendrick Lamar, Isaiah Rashad, and James Fauntleroy. These features added to its allure and diversity.

In an interview with Cosmopolitan shortly after the album’s release, SZA opened up about the timing and creative process behind Ctrl.

“I probably could have made Ctrl five years ago, but I couldn’t have made it two years ago.


I was probably at my most free five or six years ago, and then I psyched myself out,” she admitted.

“It’s like in the Bible, ‘And then they knew they were naked.’ I knew I was naked, and it just crippled me from there on.

It just went downhill. Now, it’s like I know that I’m naked, and I don’t give a f**k.”

SZA’s candour about her creative struggles and triumphs has endeared her to fans, who appreciate her authenticity.

In 2022, she celebrated the fifth anniversary of Ctrl by releasing an updated version with eight new songs, according to Pitchfork.


This included an alternative version of Love Galore and 2AM, a remix of PARTYNEXTDOOR’s Come and See Me.

These additions provided a fresh perspective on an already iconic album, according to Michigan Daily.

Looking forward, SZA’s fans eagerly anticipate her next project, LANA.

However, the journey has not been without its challenges. Due to unauthorised leaks, SZA was forced to restart the project.

Despite this setback, her resilience and dedication to her craft remain unwavering.


In her seven-year reflection, SZA not only celebrates Ctrl but also acknowledges the transformative power of music.

Her gratitude and optimism are infectious, promising that the future holds even more remarkable achievements.

As she continues to evolve as an artist, SZA’s impact on the music industry and her fans remains profound.

With Ctrl, SZA crafted a timeless piece that transcends the traditional boundaries of genre and speaks to universal human experiences.


The album’s themes of love, self-discovery, and vulnerability struck a chord with listeners from all walks of life.

Each track showcases SZA’s unique ability to blend raw emotion with intricate lyricism.

Her headline act at the Governer’s ball was a testament to her growth and sustained relevance in an ever-changing industry.

Despite the challenges, including the leaks that disrupted her upcoming LANA project, SZA’s commitment to her artistry remains unshaken.


Her message to fans is clear: the journey is as important as the destination.

Reflecting on her journey, SZA’s story is one of resilience, creativity, and unwavering self-belief.

Ctrl was not just an album; it was a lifeline, a declaration, and a testament to the power of music to heal and inspire.

In the world of music, seven years can feel like a lifetime, yet for SZA and her fans, it feels like just the beginning.

As she looks back on the seven years since Ctrl‘s release, SZA’s reflections serve as a reminder of the transformative power of music and the enduring impact of a truly remarkable album.