SZA fervently defends Punch after calling out her label this week.
“Punch is my manager (not a machine or a label),” she wrote on Twitter. “Also been like my stage dad the last 10 yrs. Be nice to him pls [pleading face emoji]. He really fights for me. Not angry w him. Or anybody really. Jus my own choices.”
She took the next few moments to respond to fans, replying to one person who asked for the official release of her highly-anticipated single “Shirt.” “Lmao now THAT. Needs to happen. also isn’t on [Punch],” said SZA.
She also said that moving forward, she will be clearer when making these kinds of posts about her label. When someone asked if Punch manipulates or threatens her, she fervently defended the music executive. “Lmao no y’all just always assume he’s the man behind the curtain I gotta start saying ‘but not punch n nem,'” explained the singer.