She stood out by writing the way a woman’s internal monologue might actually sound, oscillating between public-facing bite and what are usually privately-held insecurities.

I read this in the Rolling Stone website, here is the link: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/sza-interview-new-music-950364/

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    Bite = cuttingly sarcastic comments. Public-facing = oriented toward the public. Public-facing bite = witty silent judgement of society. At least that's my interpretation. Commented Mar 1, 2020 at 19:49
  • Sounds like it just means crass or snarky.
    – DKNguyen
    Commented Dec 11, 2020 at 15:20
  • What she says in public, sarcastically, and what she says in public about her own insecurities, which normally would not be said that way.
    – Lambie
    Commented Apr 24, 2022 at 16:47

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It is impossible to say exactly what people mean when they use unusual metaphors, leaving readers to interpret them as best they can.

But the writer is clearly making a distinction between the sentiments that people normally share with the public and those they generally keep to themselves.

S/he says SZA's lyrics deal with both her own personal insecurities and her public views. Unless the word bite is mistyped (and it's hard to imagine how) it suggests painful "truths" that hard to deal with.

Because public-facing bite is a new metaphor, other readers may well interpret it differently.


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