UPDATE (12/3): SZA has officially released “I Hate You” as a single. The track originally arrived in August as one of three songs the singer shared on an anonymous Soundcloud. Despite not having a proper release, “I Hate You” gained significant traction on TikTok, something SZA appeared to refer to in an Instagram post announcing the track’s arrival. “Honestly this started out as an exercise,” she said. “I jus 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.”
SZA unexpectedly shared a trio of new tracks via an anonymous Soundcloud Sunday morning.
https://t.co/Wg1IvioVR6 dumping random thoughts
— SZA (@sza) August 22, 2021
While she described them as “random thoughts,” the songs — “Joni,” “I Hate You” and “Nightbird” — are essentially fully-formed. While “Joni” is a tenderly plucked acoustic-guitar ballad, “I Hate You” is an electro-R&B kiss-off and “Nightbird” features a downtempo melody and lyrics full of longing.
According to a tweet, SZA was inspired to share them because of her astrology reader.
In June, SZA collaborated with SAINt JHN on the love song “Just For Me,” from the soundtrack for Space Jam: A New Legacy. Prior to its release, SZA teamed up with Doja Cat for the disco-tinged single “Kiss Me More.” In December 2020, SZA shared her single “Good Days.”
SZA released her debut album Ctrl back in 2017. Nearly a year ago, the R&B singer implied in a tweet that’s since been deleted that her label Top Dawg Entertainment was holding up the release of her new album. She further went onto describe their relationship as “hostile.” TDE’s president Terrence “Punch” Henderson denied holding up the LP tweeting, “You’re 100% wrong.”