SZA Alleges ‘Theft’ As She Reveals That Rihanna’s “Consideration” Was Originally Hers?

BY Edwin Lamptey December 3, 2023 5:19 PM EDT
Photo Source: Instagram/@sza, @badgalriri

In a rather unexpected but candid revelation, SZA has opened up about the circumstances under which her song, Consideration, was allegedly taken by Rihanna.

The Grammy-nominated musician disclosed this in an interview with Variety and opened up about the frustration and emotional turmoil she had to endure when she realized that a song she loved so much had ended up in Rihanna’s catalog.

According to SZA, “When I look outside my window, I can’t get no peace of mind. That lyric is from Consideration“.

The revelation underscored the emotional attachment SZA had to the song, considering it the centerpiece of her album at the time.

The soulful artiste couldn’t hide her frustration as she shared the impact of the alleged theft on her creative process.

“I was so frustrated,” she remembers thinking in hindsight. “I’ll never have anything that’s cool again; I’ll never make anything that’s cool again. It was so crazy. It was the centerpiece of my album at the time,” the Broken Clocks hitmaker expressed. 

The 34-year-old described the situation as a gut-wrenching clash, especially as she had just completed a music video for the track and was on the brink of releasing it.

In Rihanna’s opinion, however, the song seamlessly became part of her personal project. 

Reports show that in choosing to make use of the song, Rihanna engaged the label, and before long, SZA found herself battling with the realization that her creative vision had been seemingly co-opted.

“In hindsight, it was so hard to let go and accept,” she confessed, reflecting on the experience.

Yet, as time passed, SZA discovered a silver lining in the experience. “Now it’s like I’m so glad that it happened. It didn’t cost me anything. If anything, I just gained a bunch from it,” SZA revealed.

The perspective shift allowed her to appreciate the growth and evolution that stemmed from the time.

Moreover, the singer expressed gratitude for the ability to continue creating cool music outside of the contentious incident.

SZA’s candid admission sheds light on the complexities of the music industry.