SZA Says TDE Made Her Release Ctrl: “They Took My Hard Drive”

The singer claims her record label took drastic measures to get her debut album out.

July 31, 2017

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SZA has claimed that her album Ctrl was released after her TDE label bosses "cut me off" and made her put the record out. The studio debut dropped in June and features the singles "Drew Barrymore" and "Love Galore." Speaking to The Guardian about why the often-delayed album finally came out, SZA talked about something like an intervention.


“They just took my hard drive from me," she said. " I just kept fucking everything up. I just kept moving shit around. I was choosing from 150, 200 songs, so I’m just like, who knows what’s good any more?”

SZA explained that she doesn't know who took the hard drive and that the album we hear today is not necessarily the way she would have finished it. “Give me another month and it would have been something completely different,” she said.

Luckily, a follow up shouldn't take such drastic measures for fans to hear. "I have less anxiety about the things that hindered me putting this album out, so I’ll probably be done in the next six months," she said of new music.

SZA tours North America in the Fall before heading to Europe with Bryson Tiller.

SZA Says TDE Made Her Release Ctrl: “They Took My Hard Drive”