The songs SZA uploaded to Soundcloud this week are back up. She described them on Twitter as “from the LAST album like 2016,” so it sounds like they were song that didn’t make the cut for Ctrl, which was released in 2017.
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SZA did some freelancing last night (August 22, 22021), alerting her fans on social media about the drop of three previously unreleased singles on an anonymous Soundcloud account. Titled “I Hate You,” “Nightbird” and “Joni,” it’s not clear if the three tracks were meant for her upcoming album or extra content that didn’t make the cut.
The link to the Soundcloud account was shared on Twitter by SZA (real name Solána Rowe), who let her followers know she was inspired to upload the songs based on a text exchange with her astrologist, Jade, who encouraged her to share the songs based on the placement of the moon in her chart.
As pointed out by SZA on Twitter, all three songs were pulled from the platform today. “Whatever hating ass bitch took I hate you down . It’s going back up somewhere you can’t remove it . Good day,” she wrote. Responding to a fan who asked why they were removed, she added, “I have no idea !!! No samples it’s all original music and nobody wrote on em but me . Somebody jus got me.”
The release of the three songs inspired a fan to ask when she would release the full version of “Shirt,” to which SZA replied, “She nex.” While SZA has released two tracks plus a portion of “Shirt,” she hasn’t said when her second album will drop.
While the songs were pulled from Soundcloud, she had also posted a visual of herself dancing to “Joni” on Instagram that remained after the Soundcloud purge.
Check out SZA’s “Joni” visual below.