Celebrity Interviews

SZA Addresses Tweet About Quitting, Being Only Woman on TDE & Freestyles

By Zaida Diaz

This morning we talked to TDE’s leading lady about her highly anticipated album Ctrl, which is due out tomorrow. SZA breaks down everything from her project title, the meaning behind some of our favorite lyrics and much more.

The singer-songwriter also explains why she contemplated quitting last year over her album’s delayed release. “I had just buried somebody . . . I was just in a bad mood and I was already arguing with Punch and like asking him a bunch of questions [about her album] and he was being very vague and nothing drives me more crazy than vague answers.”

We asked SZA to describe her creative process and list where she draws inspiration from. Being that she’s a visual learner, she says that a lot of her artistry is influenced by images.

Later on, we had her to create a new intro for Sway in the Morning (watch her freestyle below).


Icon of hip-hop culture and a pivotal part of the MTV News team, Sway has been a staple of the music-news arena for more than a decade. From giving Eminem, Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac their very first radio airplay on his local show in the mid-’90s to providing television viewers with their first good look at some of today’s hottest celebrities in music, film, fashion and sports. Sway has been there for some of music and the world’s biggest moments.

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