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SZA Details Why Fan-Favorite Loosies Were Missing From 'SOS'

SZA claims that Top Dawg Entertainment president Terrence "Punch" Henderson snipped fan-favorite songs from the final version of SOS.

SZA is pointing the finger at Top Dawg Entertainment head Terrence "Punch" Henderson yet again. During a podcast interview with Rolling Stone, the TDE vocalist detailed why fan-favorites such as “Joni,” “PSA” and “Plotting Season” were excluded from the final version of SOS.

“A song called ‘Boy from South Detroit’ that Twitter wanted really bad, Rob [Bisel] nor Punch [Terrence Henderson] really cared about that song,” the 33-year-old explained. “They weren’t excited about it and Rob was just like, ‘I don’t really think this is the song.’ And then Punch was indifferent about the song, but I was like, ‘No, I really believe in this!’”

“Punch is an expert, I’m not an expert at tracklisting. It’s actually one of my weakest points, period,” SZA shared. “All I know how to do is make the music that I want.”

Despite not having the final say on what material appeared on her long-awaited sophomore album, SOS made a massive first week debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. While there's a chance that songs excluded from SOS will be on the album's deluxe edition, SZA, real name Solána Rowe, is on to her next act, embarking on her first arena tour in February, with Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Omar Apollo as support.

I just wanna give them the craziest experience they could ever have and play whatever they want," SZA told Rolling Stone about her upcoming tour. "Whether it’s unreleased songs that they thought they heard on the internet, or their favorite album cuts or fuckin' deep cuts from 2012, I don’t care. I just wanna give them what they deserve and make it beautiful.”