Okay, so we are nearing a week since Solange delivered A Seat at the Table. If you have yet to hear it in its entirety, please. It’s available to stream on Apple, Spotify, etc… If your scroll down you can even play it while you read this.
By the way before I start this, I just want to note there is a Facebook Live review of the Solange album on our Facebook page. That’s if you decide you’d rather listen than read.
So to start off, I do not recommend skipping through this twenty one song project. You’ll want to hear it from start to finish, even the small interludes.
However, if you do choose to skip through this project you must listen to “Mad” and “Scales.” These two are my absolute favorites. “Mad” features Lil Wayne and to be honest I haven’t really been feeling the Young Money mogul since he dropped “A Milli.” Not because of his lack of talent but of his lack of displaying his talent. In his verses in “Mad” he shows he hasn’t lost his wit.
And I laugh at frowns what they mad about?
Cause here come this motherfucker with this mass account
That didn’t wear cap and gown
Are you mad cause the judge ain’t give me more time
And when I attempted suicide, I didn’t die
I remember how mad I was on that day
Can we get this Weezy more often?
A Seat at the Table is everything we needed; brutality honest, political, personal, pro-black, pro-woman. It’s naked. There’s no gimmick here.
I admire her ability to equally acknowledge the struggles that black people do endure while not forgetting that black women suffer as well (“There’s A Riot Goin’ On”). From song to song, Solange keeps it 100. She calls out “cool hunters” who “get so much from us, then forget us” (F.U.B.U.); those who hover her like vultures, invading her personal space (“Don’t Touch My Hair”); and with the help of her mother and father address the issues of those seeing pro-black as anti-white and the long list of issues with discrimination (“Tina Taught Me” and “Dad Was Mad”).
A Seat at the Table may be loud about injustice but in the end it’s about healing. She takes us on a wispy journey of hurtful experiences and tells us that it’s okay to celebrate our culture even when others may gawk, critique and steal it.
You got a right to be mad, but when you carry it alone you find it only getting in the way.
Solange sang, co-wrote and co-produced everything on this project. She even choreographed her dances for the visuals. Of course she has a number of collaborations on this project; David Andrew Sitek of TV on the Radio, Patrick Wimberly of Chairlift, and David Longstreth of the Dirty Projectors,Q-Tip, Questlove, and Raphael Saadiq and Up-and-comers Kwes, Kindness, and Sampha.
Watch the music videos to “Cranes In the Sky” and “Don’t Touch My Hair”and be sure to stream the entire A Seat at the Table below:
You can also stream all of A Seat at the Table, below!