Aside from working my life away, most of my weekend was spent playing then replaying Sza’s new single “Drew Barrymore”. My love for TDE’s First Lady is everlasting and the wait for her previously titled A EP/album has been torturous. The last official release from Sza (outside of dope features and the best PartyNextDoor “Come and See Me Cover“) was back in 2014 when she dropped her EP Z and since then I’ve been praying the masses would discover the poetic lyrics and soulful coos of the natural songstress. While the mainstream still isn’t completely woke on the goodness of Sza, 2017 might be the year of awakening because her debut album Ctrl will definitely be dropping sooner than later.
But enough caping and gushing about Sza, let’s get into “Drew Barrymore”. During an intimate NYC listening session, Sza told the audience that “Drew Barrymore” is an ode to the red haired actress and her classic 90s films about young love and embracing that awkward stage of life. “I just imagine this being the soundtrack to one of those movies, cue Freddie Prinze Jr,” Sza claims about the very self aware track.
As soon as I heard “Drew Barrymore” it was hard not to instantly fall in love with it. From the cinematic opening that set the scene for the emotional track, “Why is it so hard to accept the party is over / You came with your new friends / And her mom jeans and her new Vans / And she’s perfect and I hate it / Oh so glad you made it /I’m so glad you could come by,” to the stirring boom in production when that satisfying chorus hits, I can’t get enough of this song. Sza’s songwriting continues to be one of my favorite things about the “Consideration” singer and “Drew Barrymore” shows an artist capturing a very relatable and touching story that anyone can resonate with.
If dropping an excellent single wasn’t enough, Sza made her first late night appearance on Jimmy Kimmel and killed her performance of this track. Plus with the snippets of new music from her NYC event swirling around the internet, I really hope we don’t have to wait much longer for Sza’s full length release. Don’t keep us waiting forever Top Dawg!
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