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Read SZA’s Rolling Stone cover story

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Read SZA’s Rolling Stone cover story
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This week, Rolling Stone’s Mankaprr Conteh profiled SZA. The result is a truly revelatory piece of writing, reaffirming that meaningful music journalism is still—somewhat—alive and well. In the story, SZA does what so few artists profiled by Rolling Stone do these days: allow herself to be vulnerable, and not in a publicist-approved way. I don’t want to spoil anything, but the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter freely tells Conteh about a recent split and admits she still wants to be with the person; relegates a dalliance with Drake to “youth vibes”; and tears up about the legal woes of her longtime friend, Lizzo. Her transparency is a testament to the trust Conteh was clearly able to establish early on. If you long for the confessional-type artist profiles of yesteryear, read this. —Audra Heinrichs

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