SZA Recalls the Time Jay-Z Thought She Was a Fluke

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SZA had plenty of big-name detractors

SZA is experiencing otherworldly success right now. Her album full of raw break-up tunes and unabashed side chick anthems has earned her near unanimous critical praise and sales to go with it. But given the struggle to get her long-delayed album out there — one that nearly convinced the TDE singer to quit the music business altogether — it’s easy to see why people would have been skeptical before Ctrl dropped.

The singer revealed that she had skeptics in the highest halls in a recent interview with BBC Radio 1Xtra. While SZA clearly had some self-doubts before her album finally came together, it must have been shocking to hear those same nagging feelings echoed by someone as influential as Jay-Z.

“Jay-Z was the first person to tell me that he thought I was a fluke, to my face,” she said. “I laughed and I said, so do I.”

However, since the meeting with Jigga obviously came after her glow-up, the rapper-turned-mogul had to admit that he was wrong. SZA told the hosts that Jay-Z dropped the harsh critique as part of a compliment.

“He was just like, ‘You’re really good, you’re pretty good,’ and I was like ‘Thanks,’” she said. “He said, ‘I thought you were a fluke’ and I was like, ‘me too!’”

Jay is far from the only big name jumping onboard SZA’s hype train. Lorde snagged the singer for a remix of her song “Homemade Dynamite” and Beyonce saluted the singer for her track “Love Galore,” which sent her into a totally justified fit.

“STILL SCREAMING N CASE U WERE WONDERING BYE,” she wrote under a video of Bey’s set to the song.


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