SZA and Drake reportedly dated back in 2009, during the early stages of their careers. SZA described their relationship as youthful and not particularly intense, saying:
“It wasn’t hot and heavy or anything,” she told the publication. “We were really young. It was like youth vibes. It was so childish.”
Drake had previously referenced their brief romance in his lyrics for the 2020 track “Mr. Right Now,” which featured on 21 Savage and Metro Boomin’s collaborative album. In the song, Drake rapped:
“Yeah, said she wanna f**k to some SZA, wait. ‘Cause I used to date SZA back in ’08.”
However, SZA set the record straight on the timeline, taking to Twitter after the song’s release to clarify that it was actually in 2009. She mentioned that poetic license with the year mattered and explained:
“So it was actually 2009… In this case, a year of poetic rap license mattered. I think he just innocently rhymed ‘08 [with] wait. Anybody who really knows me and was around during this time can confirm… It’s all love, all peace.”
Despite their short-lived romantic involvement, SZA and Drake have maintained a friendly relationship. In September, they collaborated for the first time on “Slime You Out,” a track set to appear on Drake’s upcoming album, For All the Dogs. The single debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, marking SZA’s second chart-topping song following “Kill Bill” earlier this year.
On the Grammy Awards front, the first round of voting for the 66th annual Grammy Awards is scheduled for October 13th. SZA shared her thoughts on the Grammys, describing the Grammy room as a peculiar place filled with a strong desire for recognition, acknowledgment, and validation. She emphasized the importance of being part of it, saying:
“All of us are in there striving for something. It means something, even though, like, this isn’t everything. But it’s kind of important that I’m here. It kind of matters.”
In addition to her discussions on past relationships and awards, SZA hinted at an upcoming deluxe version of her latest album, SOS, titled Lana. She revealed that this extended-release would include 10 additional tracks and could potentially hit the shelves as early as this fall. Fans of SZA can look forward to more music and insights from the talented artist in the near future.