In the ever-evolving music landscape, few artists have left their mark quite like SZA. With her influences continuing to grow, the absence of her name from Artist of the Year at the VMAs this month raised questions. However, the omission serves merely as a testament to the enigmatic influence of her career.
From chart-topping hits to underground gems, SZA’s features have consistently demonstrated her unparalleled artistry and genre-defying prowess. So, without further ado, please join us as we explore some of our favorite SZA features from the past and present.
Our Favorite SZA Features, In No Particular Order
Isaiah Rashad ft. SZA, 6LACK – ‘Score’
SZA’s feature on hip-hop artist Isaiah Rashad’s ‘Score’ showcases a seamless blend of their respective talents. One of the standout songs from Rashad’s 2021 album The House Is Burning, SZA’s verse serves as a middle ground to Rashad and 6LACK’s verses and builds upon the pair’s work together on Ctrl with the song ‘Pretty Little Birds.’
Kendrick Lamar ft. SZA – ‘All The Stars’
Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s enchanting collaboration on ‘All The Stars’ was released in 2018 as the lead single for the Black Panther soundtrack. Lamar’s intricate wordplay and conscious lyricism intertwined perfectly with SZA’s soulful vocals, creating a mesmerizing sonic tapestry. The song serves not only as a beautiful piece of music but carries important, cultural significance as well. All The Stars received numerous accolades and nominations, including a nomination for Best Original Song at the 76th Golden Globe Awards.
Drake ft. SZA – ‘Slime You Out’
Unveiled this month as the second single from Drake’s highly anticipated eighth studio album, For All The Dogs, ‘Slime You Out’ soared to the top of the charts – debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 100. The feature creates a genre-bending sound and sets high expectations for the forthcoming album.
Travis Scott ft. SZA, Future – ‘TELEKINESIS’
Ushering us into another dynamic collaboration, Travis Scott’s Utopia offers a sonic masterpiece in the form of ‘TELEKENSIS’ – a track featuring SZA and Future. Released in July 2023, the remarkable synergy between Travis, SZA, and Future intertwined seamlessly to create a harmonious and captivating musical landscape. Hearing these three talents together is nothing short of a treat as they effortlessly navigate the vibey track.
Kali Uchis ft. SZA – ‘fue mejor’
Originally released with a feature from PARTYNEXTDOOR, ‘fue mejor’ saw a renaissance with the addition of the incomparable SZA. This dynamic collab breathed new life into the song and marked a significant milestone for SZA — who sang her very first verse in Spanish. The 2021 track offers a unique blend of sensuality and vulnerability, serving as a testament to the depth of both Kali Uchis and SZA’s musical ability.
Megan Thee Stallion ft. SZA – ‘Freaky Girls’
Produced by the legendary Juicy J, the ‘Freaky Girls’ collaboration was a masterstroke that capitalized on the innate power of both artists. Released in 2020, the song serves as an unapologetic celebration of empowerment and self-assuredness, delivered through Megan’s razor-sharp lyricism and SZA’s intoxicating vocals.
Rihanna ft. SZA – ‘Consideration’
Rihanna’s ‘Consideration’ featuring Sza emerged as a standout track from her eighth studio album, Anti, released in 2016. Firstly, it is co-written by SZA herself. The song is also short but impactful. It exemplifies the artistry and chemistry of these two R&B powerhouses and further, serves as a taste of what could be – leaving listeners craving more.
Summer Walker ft. SZA – ‘No Love’
Summer Walker and SZA, two of the biggest names in R&B, have left an innate mark on the music scene with collab tracks like ‘No Love.’ Showcased as the second single to Walker’s 2021 album Still Over It, Walker’s unfiltered narratives and soulful delivery, coupled with SZA’s ethereal vocals. The song pushes boundaries and resonates with a powerful message of self-liberation and unapologetic desire.
Doja Cat ft. SZA – ‘Kiss Me More’
‘Kiss Me More’ emerged as a disco-pop anthem from Doja Cat’s third studio album, Plant Her (2021). Initially released as the lead single, the song captivates listeners with its infectious beat and playful lyrics. This lead to its success within various award shows and charts. Notably, ‘Kiss Me More’ won the 2022 Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, marking both women’s first Grammy win. It also received nominations for Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
In the realm of features, SZA’s magnetic presence remains unmatched. Her features paint a vibrant image of SZA’s boundless artistry, solidifying her position as a top dog in today’s musical landscape. With a career defined by innovation and emotional resonance, SZA continues redefining modern music’s boundaries.