With a roster filled with numerous emcees, Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) has taken a different route with their newest signee, SZA. Hailing from Maplewood, New Jersey, the songstress was announced as the label’s latest addition earlier in the week.
Prior to signing with TDE, SZA released a handful of projects including last year’s See.SZA.Run and an EP titled, S. The singer is also gearing up for the release of her Z EP, which will feature her recent singles, “Julia” and “Teen Spirit.”
Surrounded by the sounds of John Coltrane, Billy Holiday, and other classic artists in her early years, the chanteuse also boasts a heavy admiration for Staten Island spitters Wu-Tang Clan.
“I was raised on a lot of John Coltrane, Satchmo, Miles Davis, Billy Holiday, and Björk with an adult obsession of all things Wu-Tang,” says SZA. “The one thing I’ve always admired is their ability to paint scenes with their sounds. When I write I usually let the beat saturate my mood and head space; that determines every scene and set design for any song, the rest is all secondary.”
This latest news from TDE comes shortly after it was rumored that Queens rapper Action Bronson and singer Jhene Aiko would serve as TDE’s newest signee’s. As of now, neither of the two artists are signed to TDE.
As a TDE signee, SZA will join the likes of Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock.
A brief video introduction to SZA, presented by TDE, can be found below.