As many of you have noticed, SZA took an early leave from the highly anticipated “The Championship Tour”, featuring Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, and her other TDE label mates. Her reasons for taking some time off from touring was to prevent permanent damage to her swollen vocal chords. But according to a series of tweets SZA published (which have since been deleted), the worst may have already happened.
In the first tweet the singer writes, “My voice is permanently injured . Great !!!!!!!!!!!!! YAYYYYYUUYH!!!!!!!!’n” She goes on to say, “Tonight was the test. That settles that.” The “Love Galore” singer continued: “I jus wanna be left alone my priorities are fucked up. They been fucked up. I need space goodbye.”
The tweets followed SZA’s performance at the TDE Championship Tour date at Madison Square Garden in New York on Tuesday night (May 29), marking her return since the absence. Last week, SZA detailed her vocal issues on Instagram, saying that if she didn’t take a break now, she’d “be forced to pause permanently.”
For anyone who hasn’t seen this . I’ve been touring for 11 months. This didn’t happen overnight . Ive been troubleshooting for a while now and Usually steroids and pushing through help. They don’t this time . I’m not sick my voice just won’t fucking work? ??♀️. If I don’t pause now I’ll be forced to pause permanently . I’m genuinely sorry for every face,voice ,and energy field I won’t be touching ! I’m literally taking as many steroids as I can to speed this up!! Its a waiting game and super weird to be blamed for stuff outta my control but I get it ! again .. I’m sorry..I’ll be right back . Pray for me or don’t . Preciate u either way ❤️-S
“I’ve been touring for 11 months,” SZA explained in the caption. “This didn’t happen overnight. I’ve been troubleshooting for a while now and Usually steroids and pushing through help. They don’t this time. I’m not sick my voice just won’t fucking work.”
The TDE camp has been largely since SZA deleted her tweets Tuesday night. But just a few hours ago, Top Dawg Entertainment’s Anthony Tiffith issued a statement on Twitter, promising the best doctors for SZA. And from his tweet, it appears that SZA fans don’t need to worry as much as the artist originally let on.
— TOP DAWG #TDE (@dangerookipawaa) May 31, 2018
We hope Top Dawg Anthony Tiffith is the one to trust here, not only for the sake of SZA’s career, but for the label too. Since joining TDE, the label has been way more interesting to fans, specifically female R&B fans, who rarely come upon a star like SZA. Not to mention, the plain facts: TDE’s The Championship tour ticket prices have gone down since SZA’s departure from the tour, which goes to show the value fans are putting on hearing her live, specifically.
Here’s to hoping SZA has a safe and speedy recovery, and that she truly is in the hands of the best doctors. In the mean time, The Championship Tour continues, albeit without one of their heavyweight champs. Scroll down for tickets to see the rest of TDE’s bill, below.
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