Published Oct 04, 2016Closer to the start of this year, a photo of a release schedule for Top Dawg Entertainment hinted at the progress of albums from each artist on its roster. While recordings from Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q and Isaiah Rashad have seen the light of day, a new full-length from SZA hasn't, leaving her frustrated.
In a now-deleted tweet on Monday (October 3), the artist typed, "I actually quit. @iamstillpunch can release my album if he ever feels like it. Y'all be blessed," calling out label president Terrence "Punch" Henderson who soon shared a photo of Batman villain the Joker with a simple "lol" shortly after.
TDE's relatively secretive marketing and release strategy (or apparently lack thereof) isn't anything we haven't seen before, though it's interesting to note that SZA's follow-up to 2014's Z (expected to be titled A) was ahead of Rashad's The Sun's Tirade in the creative process. That LP arrived early last month.
Punch told Billboard in March of this year that SZA's record is "phenomenal."
"Between her last album and this one, there's so much clarity in her vocals and her tone," he continued. "It's much more deliberate than it was on [Z]. There was a lot of ambient, vibe-y, moody type sounding records [on that album]. With this one, she's giving you her, with a level of clarity that you haven't heard from her yet."
No formal release had ever been put forward for SZA's record, though she told Entertainment Weekly in May that it would be out "while everyone is still in a bathing suit." A rep for the artists offered no comment to Billboard on the tweet.