One Friday December 3, SZA officially released her new single, “I Hate You.” She celebrated her new on Instagram and spoke about how she took the reigns. She explained how invested she was in the official release after a demo version of the track got leaked on SoundCloud.
“Honestly this started out as an exercise. I just wanted somewhere to dump my thoughts w out pressure… y’all made it a thing and I’m not mad lmao. ask and u shall receive I HATE YOU OUT ON ALL PLATFORMS namaskaram. (Prod by @thankgod4cody n @robbisel @dylanpatricewiggins ).”
Back in August following Kendrick Lamar’s IG announcement marking his departure from Top Dawg Entertainment, SZA surprised her Twitter followers with a trio of new records. It was presented in a series of tweets with mysterious SoundCloud links. Those links jumped to random experiments by the artists which she is now referring as leaks. SZA wrote in one of the tweets,
“Dumping random thoughts.”
Along with the experimental version of “I Hate You,” her links included the late-night creep anthem “Nightbird”. It also had the sentimental “Joni” ballad which captures SZA channeling the energy and mystique of Frank Ocean’s “Blonde/Endless” album. Finally she bounced back in her right mind and dusted them off from all streaming platforms.
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