Peep This: Solange – “Cranes in the Sky” + “Don’t Touch My Hair”

“Don’t touch my pride.”

As if you need telling again, the Knowles dynasty has produced another masterful piece of work in the form of Solange’s “Seat at the Table”. Nearly 99% of the record was solely written by the 30-year-old singer-songwriter, save for some assistance from The-Dream and the interludes from her parents and Master P.

“Seat at the Table” follows “Lemonade”‘s suite, providing a voice for the voiceless, glossing through topics and themes spanning across race, masculinity, femininity and pride. It’s Soulquarian front to back, exemplified in sound, lyric and credits, with Raphael Saadiq owning the boards on every song throughout.

To continuously compare it against “Lemonade” does neither project any justice, but where Beyonce’s album was a force to be reckoned with, “Seat at the Table” is more sublime; It offers black narratives to be truly heard and not just told. It’s an open table and everyone is invited but only few will stick around for the full course.

Check out the videos for two tracks from “Seat at the Table,” below: “Cranes in the Sky” and “Don’t Touch My Hair.”

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Nina Tabios

Nina Smoove aka Champagne Ninang. Certified hooligan. $F Bay Area born and bred.

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