Following her comments, the hashtag #FreeSZA started trending and fans called for her release. Punch retweeted some of the criticism while addressing SZA’s supporters who called out TDE for mistreating their only female signee.
“I am a person and you guys are hurting my feelings,” he wrote in one tweet, adding, “I’m gonna remember you ni**as once the meet and greets pop off again.”
I am a person and you guys are hurting my feelings.
Aww man come on @iamstillpunch This looks really bad on your part and TDE. This is how you treat your female artist? And not just any female artist…SZA? We just want the music, stop all the extra. https://t.co/0u5vqZxmVR
SZA’s sophomore album has been a long time coming. She has been teasing the follow-up to 2017’s Ctrl as well as a project consisting of unreleased tracks.
She has detailed her relationship with her label in the past. In 2017, she told The Guardian that TDE had to intervene in the recording process for Ctrl.
“They cut me off,” she said. “They just took my hard drive from me. That was all. 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?”