“I Hate U” is the standout single from American singer and songwriter SZA. The song was originally released via music sharing platform SoundCloud on the 22nd August 2021, however due to its popularity on TikTok and many fans requesting the song be released as an official single, SZA released the song as an official single through Top Dawg and RCA Records on the 3rd December 2021.
The electro-R&B tune made waves on TikTok, leading users to lipsync the song and use it as a reference to past lovers who had treated them maliciously. Lyrically, the song discusses a previous lover who did not treat SZA right, making her feeling unloved and uncared for. SZA demonstrates many emotions in the song, leading with nostalgia, sadness and also a rightful bitterness in the chorus when SZA reveals that she does in fact, hate her ex. Immediately after the song was released, it debuted at #1 on Spotify and Apple Music – breaking the record for the most streamed R&B song by a female artist.
The lyric video for the song was released on SZA’s YouTube on the 3rd December 2021. As of early January 2022, the video had received almost 8 million views and over 140 thousand likes.
Read the lyrics to “I Hate U” here.
*All information accurate at the time of publishing.