SZA returns with “Hit Different,” produced by the Neptunes and featuring Ty Dolla $ign.

The R&B songstress also blessed the universe with a self-directed visual for this up-tempo song under her birth name, Solána. The visual captures SZA’s free spirit, dancing in an empty field while covered in red paint, surrounded by farm animals inside a barn. Other scenes feature the Top Dawg Entertainment signee in a junkyard, where she’s joined by Ty Dolla and a team of ladies breaking it down with some dance moves in matching outfits. 

“[I] just wanted to share something,” SZA said on Instagram. “Thank you to every single person that brought my heart to life during COVID-19 (sorry, my hands are shaking ). I love you all so dearly, ok bye.”  

It’s been quite a journey for SZA to release new music, after tweeting that her label head, Punch, was responsible for holding the album up last month. “At this point, y’all gotta ask punch,” she wrote, “I’ve done all I can do.” She described their relationship as “hostile,” and said she even attempted to quit music twice before. 

In another Instagram post, SZA previewed another, unnamed new song, writing, “Punch gon kill me, but I’m in a sharing mood.” 

“Hit Different” is SZA’s first solo single since 2017’s CTRL album and her Trolls World Tour collaboration, “The Other Side” with Justin Timberlake earlier this year, as well as the Oscar-nominated collaboration “All the Stars” with Kendrick Lamar, from Black Panther.

Hopefully this means SZA’s next album isn’t too far away.

By Rachel George
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