SZA is officially certified gold for the first time in her career, as she posted to Instagram early Wednesday (Oct. 11) — the morning after her Ctrl Pop-Up show took over New York City.
“Dis feel like really big jewelry.. THANK U FOR CHANGING MY LIFE IN WAYS I NEVER IMAGINED!” SZA captioned a photo on Instagram of herself, her Sony team and her brand new plaques. “Thank each of you for connecting w this album and making me feel less lonely..less inadequate. Thank u for building this family with me. Thank u for a relationship I couldn’t buy or explain… Thanks for giving this raggedy Ann (something) to smile about. I LOVE YOU #plaqueduhshawty #CTRL #TDE”
Dis feel like really big jewelry ..THANK U FOR CHANGING MY LIFE IN WAYS I NEVER IMAGINED ! Thank each of you for connecting w this album and making me feel less lonely.. less inadequate. Thank u for Building this family with me .Thank u for a relationship I couldn’t buy or explain …Thanks for Giving this raggedy Ann sumn to smile about . I LOVE YOU —-??–#plaqueduhshawty #CTRL #TDE
Ctrl is SZA’s debut album and was released in June. “Love Galore,” featuring rapper Travis Scott, peaked at No. 5 on the R&B Streaming Songs charts. On the collaboration with Scott, SZA annotated commentary on Genius saying, “I’m definitely a huge fan of Travis. I think he merges that super-fine line between melody and syncopation and pocket. And I love his pockets, and I love his note choice. He’s just gnarly. He’s perfect.”
SZA is a Top Dawg Entertainment artist — the record label run by Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith and Kendrick Lamar, who is featured on Ctrl track “Doves In The Wind.”
An excerpt from recent Billboard cover story touches on Top Dawg Entertainment’s role in SZA’s rising prominence:
“The thing with TDE,” says Lamar, “is it was all ours — an independent deal from the jump. I came in at 16 years old, so it’s all I know.” TDE patiently grooms all of its artists, building their careers until they have their pick of major labels to help take them to the next level. Lamar released five mixtapes and one independent album, 2011’s Section.80, before cutting a deal with Aftermath/Interscope, and SZA put out two mixtapes and an EP before TDE partnered with RCA for CTRL. “It’s a family type of environment,” says Lamar. “It’s not just all about making money every day.”