Gotta show some love to my female readership, and it doesn’t get more real than Solange Knowles.
Carrie Battan for The New Yorker posits,
Her subject is blackness in America, and the tangle of experience and emotion that accompanies it. When she is angry, she says so—“I got a lot to be mad about”—even as she acknowledges that, as a black woman, “I’m not really allowed to be mad.” When she wants people to stop doing something, she commands them to stop: “Don’t touch my hair,” she sings in a song of the same name. When she wants to assert ownership over black identity, she does so outright: “This shit is for us,” she sings on “F.U.B.U.”
Solange’s album, A Seat At The Table barely edged Bon Iver’s highly anticipated LP, 22, a Million – selling 72000 copies (in equivalent terms), and nabbing the top Billboard spot for the week.
Frankly, never thought too much of Beyonce or her music (mainstream and diva-ish to say the least), and it never left an impression on me, unlike her younger sibling’s 🙂
The album’s deep, intimate, welcoming, and I want to add – mellow, grounding, and what proper R&B sounds like.
Bump one of my favorites off the record, “Mad” below, and it’s good to have Weezy in better form as well.