Yesterday, the internet was so very blessed with a much needed (and wanted) announcement from Solange—her fourth studio album, A Seat At The Table will be released digitally Friday, September 30.
There are so many reasons to rejoice about this, I'm not sure where to begin!
For starters, - because I know how you people like to read about the rumor mill - 'Solange Gate' in the elevator went down in 2014. That's two whole years she's had to digest the drama, dissect the drama, and circumvent it into a song or two about beating Jay Z's ass in a fancy elevator with her mega-superstar sister watching. Maybe she'll touch on it?! I mean, it's a stretch, but it's possible, you know?
Secondly, it seems that she has her own frustrations to get out about her father. There's a song titled "Dad Was Mad" which could be about anything from her teenage pregnancy to their falling out, or even her mother's (happy) remarriage. Her older sister Beyonce also made space to discuss her father in the song and video, "Daddy Lessons." Lemonade is sculpted around the idea of tradition and heartbreak, from cheating fathers and cheating husbands, to the lineage of women raising and uplifting black men time and time again (with love, from slavery to police brutality). Maybe Solange has something to add to the commentary?
Fittingly, there's another song titled "Tina Taught Me," which is obviously about her beloved mother, Tina Lawson (who we adore). But Solange has also experienced love and marriage, racial discrimination, and a whole bunch of criticism since then, too.
The album's features are amazing. No, really. Really and truly. She has Lil Wayne, Kelly Rowland, Tweet, The Dream, Nia Andrews, Kelela, BJ the Chicago Kid, DeVonte Hynes, and Sampha to name a few. Solange is about to eff the game up and I am sitting on the edge of my chair, I tell you!
Solange announced back in 2014 that her new album would be about race and race issues in America. Song titles such as "F.U.B.U.," "The Chosen Ones," "Rise," and "Weary" point to this theme, including the title of the album which cannot be mistaken. "A seat at the table" is a phrase that has been used for decades, describing the want and need for people who feel marginalized and oppressed to have an equal opportunity to live, to thrive, to create, to be heard, and to be respected.
Check out the digital booklet on her site here, and see the (beautiful) tracklist below.
[Photo: Solange Knowles, Saint Heron]