Written By: Rocca MorÈ
Solange pushes the envelope with the release of her third album A Seat at the Table giving us the response we've all been anxiously wanting to hear. She's been in a lane of her own for quite a while on the fashion and hair tip. But to be completely honest with you this just quenches our thirst. We already know all the words to her twenty-one song compilation that warrants no skips, just repeats. She uses her bold melodic vocals to confront the oppression of beautiful black souls all over the world. Diving head first on the issues she brilliantly features her creators (Tina Lawson & Matthew Knowles) as they spit the sharpest truths using their double edged sword towards the automatic denial of black history, the celebration of black pride, and the inconsistencies of downright humanity especially among our people.
Ironically her first song Rise is a honorific number encouraging us to walk in our ways. In the light of ongoing issues with our brothers and sisters losing their lives as the results of two major things: the difference of color and so called power, Solange reminds us to be Weary about our place in the world. Don't Touch My Hair another song to keep on rotation, is a truthful hymn cleverly written engulfed in classic instruments and grooves describing the pride and soul filled within our crowned glow. Even snapping back graciously addressing any misunderstandings with a simple question...
"what'd you say to me"
F.U.B.U. featuring The-Dream & BJ the Chicago Kid demands us to stand firm with our fist held high, shouting one for us when we're driving our car or pulling into our neighborhood. The Solo Star Sol-Angel addresses and confronts the misuse of black talent, skill, and intelligence within everyday life bringing it to the forefront harmonically. The vast majority of our society praises black culture in a poorly replicated fashion through multiple highly publicized channels without giving acknowledgements or showing appreciation for the authenticity of the originators and the overall quality of dynamic black individuals. Solange with her provocative and frank expression gives an awakening daily reminder of being black in america...
"this $#!t is from us, some $#!t you can't touch"
She sets out to promote what rightfully belongs to us...the magic of our blackness and the power within it for us!
watch her official visuals