SZA Says JAY-Z Was The First Person To Tell Her She Was A “Fluke”

In an interview on BBC Radio 1Xtra, SZA said that the Brooklyn rapper followed with, “You’re really good.”

September 21, 2017

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SZA has had a career-transforming year, following the long-awaited release of her debut album Ctrl. In interviews before the album's release, and on the project itself, the TDE artist spoke candidly about doubting herself and her talent.


During a recent interview with DJ Semtex on BBC Radio 1Xtra, SZA revealed that JAY-Z told her he thought she was a "fluke" at first. “JAY-Z was the first person to tell me that he thought I was a fluke, to my face,” she said, before detailing the conversation. "He was just like, "You’re really good, you’re pretty good," and I was like ‘Thanks." He said, "I thought you were a fluke," and I was like, "me too!"

"I absolutely think he meant it and that's OK," she continued. "I think I am every other day. I think we all do...I question how I got into this mess all the time."

Listen to the full interview below — the JAY-Z portion begins around the 14-minute mark.

SZA Says JAY-Z Was The First Person To Tell Her She Was A “Fluke”