SZA is back with their highly anticipated second studio album SOS.
The singer, whose real name is Solána Imani Rowe, announced the new project on November 30, sharing the album’s cover, which sees her sitting on the edge of a diving board in the middle of the ocean, reminiscent of the famous image of Princess Diana at the Jumping reminds right away.
After her debut ctrl was released in 2017, SZA fans have been desperate for the star’s successor, and at 23 tracks the new album certainly doesn’t disappoint.
SOS includes appearances by Phoebe Bridgers and Travis Scott, who SZA has previously worked with ctrl Favoriten „Love Galore“, Don Toliver und Ol‘ Dirty Bastard.
Producers include ThankGod4Cody, Carter Lang, Jeff Bhasker, Benny Blanco, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins and Jay Versace.
Aside from the famous names who worked on the tracks, fans recognized several samples scattered throughout the album.
TheCurrentNews has everything you need to know about the various samples used on SZA’s new album SOS
The opening track samples Masego’s “Navajo,” which many fans have noted was also sampled by Drake.
The rapper, whose real name is Aubrey Graham, released the sample on Champagne Poetry, the intro to his own 2021 album Certified lover boy.
“SOS” also features lyrics by Beyoncé dream girl Hit “Listen” and according to the album credit includes a sample of “Until I Found The Lord” performed by Gabriel Hardeman Delegation.
SZA, 33, tries herself on this track, mixing in lyrics from her 2020 song “Hit Different,” which features Ty Dolla $ign. “Hit Different” is not included in the album’s track listing.
Fans on Twitter have also pointed out that “Love Language” appears to feature an interpolation of R&B legend Aaliyah’s “I Don’t Wanna.”
Interpolation is when musicians use a melody, or parts of it, from a previously recorded song, but re-record the melody rather than sample it.
Fans are convinced there’s another Beyoncé sample SOS The track “Snooze” appears to feature an interpolation of the Destiny’s Child star’s 2003 solo hit “Me, Myself and I.”
According to the album credits, this track features a sample of “Open Up Your Eyes” performed by Webster Lewis.
The late Ol’ Dirty Bastard is sampled on “Forgiveless,” which features lyrics from the late Wu Tang Clan rapper’s 1995 track “Goin’ Down.” The song appeared on the Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version Album.
Forgiveness also includes a sample from Björk’s track Hidden Place. SZA first hinted that she could work with the Icelandic star in December 2021 when she told fans on Twitter that they had texted.
That SOS The album also includes fan-favorite tracks “Good Days” and “I Hate U,” both released by SZA in the years between their two albums.
The singer marked her official return in October with the release of the single “Shirt” and its video, in which she starred Atlanta and Go out Actor LaKeith Stanfield.
On December 3, SZA performed as a musical guest Saturday night livethe same episode where Keke Palmer hosted and announced her pregnancy.
During the show, SZA sang “Shirt” and debuted on the album “Blind”.