Welcome to #TBT Mixtape, Billboard‘s new series that showcases artists’ very own throwback-themed playlists exclusive to Billboard‘s Spotify account. The curated set features the artists’ favorite tracks from their youth and childhood.
After creating heaps of buzz on the strength of her early releases, and collaborations with the likes of Chance The Rapper (“Child’s Play”) and Rihanna (“Consideration”), SZA returned last week with her highly anticipated new solo album Ctrl (out via Top Dawg Entertainment/RCA Records). The 14-track opus features appearances by Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, James Fauntleroy and Isaiah Rashad, and serves as the 26-year-old artist’s next step to global super stardom.
Today, SZA is looking back, sharing her #TBT Mixtape exclusively via Billboard, led by one of her personal favorites. “AZ — that was me and my best friend Ashley’s favorite song. We really ran that s–t everyday in the summer and rapped every word… don’t know why we were so passionate, but dammit if it wasn’t ‘east New York 82 / when the beat dropped.'”
Give the mixtape and her self-titled debut a spin, and also scroll through some throwback snaps of SZA as a kid below.