Wednesday, October 5, 2016

I Took My Seat..

Hello and welcome to another inspirational Wednesday!! I hope you all have been well in mind, body, and soul. Let's get to the purpose of this post.

This post is a little outside of what I'd normally do. But I am on a creative journey like nothing I ever imagined and this inspires me to be me, totally. Throughout the years I have been told, encouraged, and demanded to "take a seat". I am proud to let these people know, I have taken A Seat At The Table.

September 30, 2016, Solange Knowles-Ferguson released what is perhaps the most beautiful thing I have heard in awhile. Her latest work of art is titled A Seat AT The Table. This album is total and complete dopeness. I am really critical on what allow to exist in my space, especially what music I listen to. This definitely passed my test, not that I doubted it.

The reason this is so dope to me is because I have waited. I have waited a long time for this album. I've been waiting since Tony didn't call back and since the bridges fell and people broke. If you don't get the references, it's totally ok. Now is the time for you to finally experience the greatness and artistic genius of Solange.

The track list coupled with the features was nothing that I imagined but everything that I hoped for.

The album opens with Rise, a cool calm introduction that encourages you to live in your absolute truth so that you will wake up and rise. That simple, straight to the point. Weary tells us that we should be cautious of this world and the opinions that it has of us. It teaches us that we are not feel less than because of the standards of others because they too are only human. The interlude that follows Weary is The Glory Is In You it features a clip of Percy Miller speaking, "As long as you find peace in what you're doing, you're successful."

 The next song Cranes In The Sky is perhaps one of my favorites. In this song, Solange sings about how she tried to do so many things to change her emotional state to no avail. This song immediately became personal to me because I can completely relate to trying so many things to simply make me feel better, with no luck. The visual for this song is easy on the eye and brings a sense of positivity to the air. Watch below.

Dad Was Mad is an interlude of Matthew Knowles speaking about being angry after experiencing growing up in the era of segregation. He explains how he encountered racists and how he met other young Blacks who were on the same mission as he was. Mad, one of my favorites, then comes on with this beat that hits so hard! Solange sings about her struggle with being mad and how she encounters people that make her feel as if she is not even allowed to be mad. This song features Lil Wayne who raps about his issue with being mad as well. He feels as if he has much to be mad about but he must still let it go. To me this song not only validates that we have the right to be mad sometimes but it also shows the contrast between how men and women cope with being mad. 

This song is followed by Don't You Wait, Interlude: Tina Taught Me, and Don't Touch My Hair. Don't Touch My Hair is on my favorites list as well. The song opens with the lyrics, "Don't touch my hair, when it's the feelings I wear. Don't touch my soul, when it's the rhythm I know. Don't touch my crown, they say the vision I've found." That's all it took for me to be on board. This song is everything to me!!! So many people really do not understand our Blackness at all and we try to ride it out and give it time, for nothing. So we may as well be ourselves, this here is ours. Again, the visuals for this song are amazing too! Watch the video below

This scene from Don't Touch My Hair is perhaps my favorite ever. Going into this pool scene Solange sings "Don't touch my pride, they say the glory is all mine" and I was taken away. I am in love with this display of symbolism and I think my edges fell off. This is iconic. There was so much Blackness celebrated here. "They don't understand what it means to me."

Interlude: This Moment, Where Do We Go, Interlude: For Us By Us, and F.U.B.U follow Don't Touch My Hair. F.U.B.U is so dope I almost can't stand it!! There are horns, there are horns in this beat. The beat is so dope then she brings in BJ The Chicago Kid and Dream. Did I mention Tweet laid vocals on this record? Y'all. Omg. Then it talks about how just being Black seems to be an issue but no matter what we're still going to make it. It talks about appropriating Black culture and acting like we didn't do it first. I'm here for it. I took two seats. "Take so much from us, then forget us." YES MA'AM! 

Borderline (An Ode To Self Care), Interlude: I Got So Much Magic, You Can Have It, Junie, Interlude: No Limits, and Don't Wish Me Well follow F.U.B.U. Interlude: Pedestals features Percy Miller again. In this clip he explains how there is both good and bad is present in every area of life, and why we must not put others on a pedestal. But you can't pull the plug on us. This interlude is followed by Scales.

A Seat At The Table ends with Closing: Chosen Ones which once again features a clip of Percy Miller speaking, "Now, we come here as slaves, but we're going as royalty, and able to show that we are truly the chosen ones."

Overall this body of work is amazing! The beats are dope, the lyrics are heart touching, the visuals are aesthetically pleasing, and the features are bomb. I give Solange an A plus for this work. I am so happy to see another Black woman be who they are unapologetically. Well done, sis!

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