Last week, Solange Knowles released her brand new album, A Seat at the Table, her first album in eight years and her first new music since 2012.
The album is completely exquisite and since it came out we’ve barely been able to listen to anything else. And it seems we’re not the only ones, too, as loads of celebrities have been freaking out over the album (and fair enough because it’s absolutely brilliant). Similarly, Solange’s sister, a singer named Beyoncé (you may have heard of her), also praised the album in a beautiful Instagram post.
Comprised of 21-tracks, the album is a meditation on race and personal truth, and sees Solange team up with a whole host of collaborators, including Kelly Rowland, Lil Wayne, Tweet, and even her mother, Mrs. Tina Lawson, who speaks about black culture on an interlude “Tina Taught Me.”
Now Solange has spoken about how the album is dedicated to her parents and it’s for a really important reason.
In a conversation with her mother and journalist Judnick Mayard on her create and cultural hub Saint Heron, Solange spoke about it was her parents and her upbringing that allowed her to create the album and address its themes head on.
Solange then went on to explain that she wasn’t worried about the album’s strong social and political lyrics that deal with race, racism, and black culture thanks to her upbringing.
Responding, Tina said:
Speaking about why she felt it was important that her mother, Tina, interview her, Solange said that it was because the album was a dedication to her parents.
Not only do we absolutely think this is wonderful, it’s also because of a really important reason, too. We love that through her parents, Solange has been able to make art that represents her truth.
We really, really love Solange’s new album, and we’re so happy for her and the response it’s been getting.
A Seat at the Table is our now. Watch the video for “Don’t Touch My Hair” below.