SZA: “I Send Out And Absorb Love”

Catherine Michelle

April 15, 2018

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Ever since she burst into the scene, SZA has been captivating everyone with her music. Fans and celebs alike have been gushing over the gorgeous musician and her raw, unbridled talent.


SZA sat down for an interview with Jada Pinkett Smith for V Magazine – she absolutely stuns on the cover of their 2018 music issue! – and opened up about her growing up years, how she keeps herself grounded, and how she defines her artistic energy.


Growing up

“I was awkward. I’m super sensitive, and my mother made me extra sensitive because she’s just so unapologetically loving. I’ve realized some people don’t hug in their families, or say that they love each other all day. My family tells me they love me all day; I’m hyper affectionate, laying it on other people, just because it’s what we do in my house. But in the world, that was weird, and it was really difficult to be super sensitive and hyper-open. It was just frightening. I guess my mom represented something that made me feel weak. I felt like, this is why I’m hurt. When I got older, I realized, Oh shit, the whole world is wrong and my mom is right…”

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What she does to stay grounded

“Meditation is the easiest way to re-center and ground yourself. Sometimes, I get really tired; I feel like I’m hitting a wall I’m about to break through. I just know I have to keep going because there’s about to be some sort of weird endurance experience after. I’d never been on tour before; I never did 40 or 50 cities. I just had to build calmness.”


What her artistic energy is all about

“In my music, it’s really hard to be super-conscious; I’m in another state of consciousness when I’m making music. But when I’m my most effective, that mode of healing is when I get to perform and see everybody. I send out and absorb love. Meet-and-greets are a new thing I never got to do before. I meet, like, 200 people before each show. We hug each other and really look at each other. Healing and loving people, I guess that’s me.”