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SZA hit headlines a few weeks ago when the official announcement of her Top Dawg Entertainment signing came to light. The up-and-coming singer is not only the newest act signed to the West Coast label but also the first female.

“It’s really just more important to me to be a part of TDE, rather than the first female,” shared SZA in a sit-down with MTV News. “They’ve worked with girls in the past, incredible artists like Alori Joh and Jhene Aiko. So for me, it’s just honestly being a part of a collective, such as TDE. That’s what’s more insane to me.”

The 23-year-old singer joins the rap label roster’s buzzing artists ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Jay Rock and the self-proclaimed king (and we all agree) Kendrick Lamar. Despite being the only girl in the label, SZA feels comfortable with the crew. “They don’t treat me like the girl, in the best ways though. No one tries to baby me or walk over me ’cause I’m a girl. They just let me fight for what I believe in and let me be as creative as I want to be and just give me free reign. So I love that.”

And the best thing about being signed to TDE?

“They aren’t the kind of label that will give you a bottle of champagne and a car when you sign, but they’ll give you all the studio time you could ever ask for and every producer you could ever dream of and all the support you could ever want and that’s real.”