Beyoncé and Solange (last name Knowles, not that either one needs a formal, full-name introduction) are both at the top of their game, delivering Lemonade and A Seat at the Table, respectively, last year. Now, Interview Magazine has unveiled the contents of an intimate conversation between the sisterly duo.
Beyoncé conducted the interview, asking her younger sister about their childhood, her creative inspirations and her artistic process.
Throughout the interview, the younger Knowles sister opens up about finding her artistic voice at a young age (and making it heard as the youngest in a house of five), praises her big sis and mother for leading by example when it comes to creative control, and explains why A Seat at the Table "really feels like storytelling for us all and our family and our lineage" — including the similarities between their father and Master P.
Solange goes on to outline a number of creative decisions about the album, from the production to packaging to her choice of vocal tone. Speaking about the soft, vulnerable tone used on much of the record, she said:
It was very intentional that I sang as a woman who was very in control, a woman who could have this conversation without yelling and screaming, because I still often feel that when black women try to have these conversations, we are not portrayed as in control, emotionally intact women, capable of having the hard conversations without losing that control.
When Bey asked about the misconceptions of being a strong woman, Solange cited Björk's recent condemnation of sexism in music, responding:
Oh my God, they're endless! [laughs] One thing that I constantly have to fight against is not feeling arrogant when I say I wrote every lyric on this album. 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. I remember Björk saying that she felt like, no matter what stage in her career, if a man is credited on something that she's done, he's going to get the credit for it. And, unfortunately, that still rings true. It's something I've learned so much about from you, getting to be in control of your own narrative. And, at this point, it should be an expectation, not something that you're asking permission for. I feel like I'm getting closer to that, not taking on all the baggage when I have to just stand up for myself and say, "No, I'm uncomfortable with that." And I really appreciate you and mom being examples of that, being able to speak about our achievements, these things that deserve to be celebrated, without feeling bashful about it.
Solange also opens up about the experience of working on the visuals for A Seat at the Table with her husband Alan Ferguson, calling it an experience "I will cherish for the rest of my life."
The interview ends with Bey asking if she did an alright job as an older sister, and gets a glowing review. "You did a kickass job," Solange said. "You were the most patient, loving, wonderful sister ever."
Read the interview in its entirety here via Interview.