Just as artist SZA is breaking through the door, she is ready to get out after she is done with her album–possibly.
Last month, the singer shared via Twitter that she was quitting music. Though the tweet has since been deleted. In the same tweet, she said Terrence “Punch” Henderson, co-president of Top Dawg Entertainment, could release her album “if he ever feels like it.”
Complex caught up with SZA to clarify what exactly she meant and what’s ahead of her for the future. “I’ll probably just do something different, something visual, probably film,” she said. “I’m really frustrated, and I’m kind of over it. I have a lot of anxiety and there’s a lot going on in my life.”
She touched on rumors regarding a tense relationship with TDE and said she and Punch never really get along but that it isn’t anything to worry. “We’re all different, and that was hard to understand [at first] because they’re tough-love people and hard to read, but I dig it now.” She added that she has no issues with her label, as TDE has been nothing but supportive.
As for her upcoming album, SZA said she learned a lot from Frank Ocean — “[He] f—ed my head up” — and also inspired her life. “My life has just been falling the f— apart,” she said, recalling the recent loss of her grandma and three ex-boyfriends.
“When you get older, you realize that the world is really happening around you,” she said. “But I feel alive and clear on what I want. I don’t have the energy to create a filter anymore.” Regardless of what she may have tweeted out weeks ago, what she wants now is to finish and release her album: “Completing this [album] and these last couple of moments on the clock before this project is done are definitely the most pivotal moments of my life,” she said. And as for what comes next, SZA is keeping an open mind.
Read the full interview here.