After interviewing my mother and father for A Seat At The Table, it feels like full circle to have chosen my sister to interview me for @InterviewMag. Spoke about womanism, growing up in a hair salon, and choosing between "I could fall in love" and "No Me Queda Mas". It is one of my favorites to date.
Solange took to Instagram on Tuesday to announce that she is the latest cover star for Interview Magazine. The interview for the issue was conducted by her older sister Beyoncé. In the interview, the sisters discussed childhood inspirations, the similarities between their dad and Master P, and the meaning behind "Cranes in the Sky."
In the beginning of the interview, Beyoncé remembers Solange's tenacity: "I remember thinking, "My little sister is going to be something super special." Solange, in response, remembers being inspired by her older sister as well as her mother's determination. Looking back on these factors in her development, Solange tells Beyoncé , was "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."
With regards to her album, A Seat at the Table, on which she wrote, arranged, and co-produced every song, Solange says she was inspired to adopt so many roles by Missy Elliot. "I remember seeing her when you guys worked together and being enamored with the idea that I could use myself as more than a voice and the words," She says. "On my previous records, I contributed to production here and there, but I was always really afraid to really get in there."
Solange also told her sister that one of the main misconceptions about being a strong woman is being able to fully celebrate these artistic achievements. "One thing that I constantly have to fight against is not feeling arrogant when I say I wrote every lyric on this album," She tells her sister. "I still have not been able to say that. That's the first time I've actually ever said it, because of the challenges that we go through when we celebrate our work and our achievements."
Read Solange's full interview with Beyoncé here.