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Jun 07, 2019

After Over A Decade In The Music Industry, Solange Gets Her Long Awaited Breakthrough

Solange Piaget Knowles dropped her third studio album, A seat at the table on the 30th of September 2016. She released the album on her own record label, Saint records which she started in 2013. The album has 21 tracks with features from artists such as Lil Wayne, Sampha, The Dream, BJ the Chicago Kid, Kelly Rowland, Q-tip, and Kelela. Solange has been working on the album since 2009 and claimed she “gave up her sanity” in the process of making an album. All the hard work paid off, A Seat at the Table was critically acclaimed, It debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200, making it her first number 1 album and also her first album to chart internationally. It also topped the US Top R&B/ Hip Hop Albums and sold 72,000 album- equivalent units in the first week. She won a Grammy Best R&B performance, for her lead single “Cranes in the Sky”. Though Solange was a successful artist, songwriter and actress, she always seemed to live in Beyonce’s shadow. On her 30th Birthday she revealed to the world that she dealt with intense panic attacks agoraphobia for years. She also said she was convinced she would die by 30. Her hair and outfits were often being publicly scrutinized. For a while it seemed like Solange could not catch a break. While recording the album she had panic attacks and she said she had to sacrifice mentally, financially and emotionally. Well it all paid off because A seat at the Table forced the world to take Solange more seriously. She was able to pour her heart out and talk about social injustice. The album shows the richness and depth of black culture and history. It addresses issues such as mental illness, prejudice, black identity, police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement. The album was recorded in New Iberia, Louisiana. The album covers a few genres mainly, contemporary R&B, funk, neo soul and psychedelic soul. The album received widespread critical acclaim, Rollingstone referred to the album as a "fantastic-sounding LP that takes sonic cues from dusty soul sides while sounding as timely as a freshly sent tweet". With her new found success Solange has forged her own path, she silenced her haters and put an end to the constant comparison with her sister. The album had 8 interludes, with uplifting messages and stories about racism and prejudice. Her father detailed his horrific experience with the Klu Klux Klan (KKK) during his childhood in Alabama. Her mother talks about being black and proud and celebrating the beauty in being black. She also talked about how celebrating being black or saying black lives matter is often taken as being anti-white, which is not the case.The title of the album A seat at the table stands for black people and other minority groups wanting equality and justice.

Written by @OBP from Omobaba Pension

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