For the latest issue of Interview magazine, cover star Solange dives into an insightful conversation with her older sister, Beyonce, making all of us Houstonians beam with pride.
During a trip from Philadelphia to New York for a parent-teacher conference in December, Bey hopped on the phone with Solo to discuss growing up in the Knowles household — the breeding ground for both solo stars, as well as the multi-platinum girl group Destiny’s Child — and the inspiration behind her Billboard 200 chart-topping album A Seat at The Table.
“For this record specifically, it really started with wanting to unravel some truths and some untruths,” Solange explains. “There were things that had been weighing heavy on me for quite some time. And I went into this hole, trying to work through some of these things so that I could be a better me and be a better mom to Julez and be a better wife and a better friend and a better sister. Which is a huge part of why I wanted you to interview me for this piece. Because the album really feels like storytelling for us all and our family and our lineage. And having mom and dad speak on the album, it felt right that, as a family, this closed the chapter of our stories.”
The sisters bond over noticing the similarities in their father, Mathew Knowles, and rap mogul Master P, both of whom appear on A Seat, as well as the meaning behind the album’s standout single “Cranes in the Sky.”
Written eight years ago in Miami, “Cranes” marked a transitional period in Solange’s life when she was ending the relationship with her son Julez’ father. “There was a new condo going up every ten feet. You recorded a lot there as well, and I think we experienced Miami as a place of refuge and peace. We weren’t out there wilin’ out and partying,” she recalls.
“I remember looking up and seeing all of these cranes in the sky,” she continues. “They were so heavy and such an eyesore, and not what I identified with peace and refuge. I remember thinking of it as an analogy for my transition — this idea of building up, up, up that was going on in our country at the time, all of this excessive building, and not really dealing with what was in front of us. And we all know how that ended. That crashed and burned. It was a catastrophe. And that line came to me because it felt so indicative of what was going on in my life as well.”
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