The talented star’s new album is unapologetically Black, and we love it.
Solange Knowles dropped her highly anticipated album on Friday. It was expected to be a great work of art, but oh my! Did the album not just fulfill but exceed our expectations. It was beautifully put together, with each song carrying some meaning to it.
The album is full of lovely lyrics about being a Black woman in the present day and age. She decided to speak about the Black experience, as written in the album’s notes, it’s a “confessional autobiography and meditation on being Black in America.”
She sang about identity, independence, rage, grief, healing, and empowerment, using subtle lyrics that will blow your mind away. It can be said that the album is the ‘whole package.’
Bey and Solange releasing beautiful conceptual albums showcasing storytelling and black self love. 2016 is a good year.
— Master of the Sun 🌞 (@SandsofJupiter) September 30, 2016
The album comes at a crucial time when Black voices need to be heard in our society. Even though she spent almost four years working on the wonderful album, the wait was completely worth it, as she delivered a potent work of Black empowerment.
“It really saddens me when we’re not allowed to express that pride in being black, and that if you do, then it’s considered anti-white,” she said. “No, you’re just pro-black, and that’s OK, because the two don’t go together.”
— solange knowles (@solangeknowles) September 29, 2016
One of the songs on the album is titled “F.U.B.U.,” named after the popular, Black-owned fashion line from the 90’s that was a must have for every Black kid out there. The song is a defiant anthem of Blackness, as she pointed out in the song that it’s just “for us by us” because of the strong us of the N-word. “Don’t feel bad if you can’t sing along, just be glad you got the whole wide world,” she sang.
Solange’s new album is a mood.
Solange’s new album is a vibe.
Solange’s new album is unapologetically black and it was necessary.
— Kodak Kaepernick (@DrTGIF) September 30, 2016
“A Seat At the Table” was written and arranged by Solange, but co-produced by R&B architect Raphael Saadiq. It also featured great vocals from Kelly Rowland, Sampha, Lil Wayne, the Dream, Q-Tip, Magical Clouds, Questlove, Nia Andrews and a host of others.
Every black kid needs to hear the “For Us By Us” Interlude on Solange’s album, gotta understand your worth.
— Everette Taylor (@Everette) September 30, 2016
Solange really outdid herself on this one; the album is a wonderful piece of Black art. It‘s quite topical and urgent, as it reflects the unease and anger of this divisive political season. It also speaks volumes about Black culture and the experiences of Black people. We are really proud of the effort she put into creating such an astonishing album.