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Jada Pinkett Smith Interviews SZA About Artistic Energy & Staying Grounded

Jada Pinkett Smith Interviews SZA About Artistic Energy & Staying Grounded

SZA graces the cover of V Magazine‘s 2018 music issue, out on newsstands on May 3.

Jada Pinkett Smith interviewed the 27-year-old “All The Stars” singer in the issue. Here’s what SZA had to say…

On her artistic energy: “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.”

On staying 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.”

On 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…”

For more from SZA, visit VMagazine.com.

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Credit: Inez & Vinoodh; Photos: V Magazine
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