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SZA’s Original Plan Was a Career in Business: “I Didn’t Want to Be in Music”

“I definitely wanted to be in business."

We like to imagine our favorite artists’ come-ups involve grand plans of superstardom since childhood, but sometimes those dreams come later in life. During an interview with British Vogue, Top Dawg Entertainment’s SZA let slip that her original life plan was to be a business mogul.

“I definitely wanted to be in business – I didn't want to be in music,” she said. “I thought I was going to have a really nice corner office, a lot of respect and a power suit.”

With an artist as naturally resonant and evocative as SZA, it’s always surprising to consider them in any context outside of music. Not to mention, SZA has quietly become a style icon, so perhaps if anyone were to bring back the power suit, it would be her.

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Also of note was SZA’s early desire for respect. Considering she is one of the most important faces of R&B's current renaissance, it’s safe to say whatever respect SZA spent her youth pining after, she has earned three times over. 

With her rising fame, there’s always time for her to pivot and become rap’s next multi-venture mogul, but in the meantime, we are all grateful that she chose music over a power suit.

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