“A Seat at the Table” – Solange Knowles, “I Had to Make This Album to Become a Better Me…”

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Solange Knowles has released her third album, “A Seat at the Table” which is a 21-track musical memoir of sorts and is straight forward–an emotional, pain filled, listening experience that took Knowles four long exhausting years to make.


During the album making process, she sought the help of friends and collaborators like Lil Wayne, The-Dream, Kelela, and Master P.

Solange explained to The FADER why she had to make the album not only for herself, but also for her to become a better mother:

“I have learned so, so much in the past few years. That is the beauty of internet culture — it’s having so many resources that you can instantly experience, dwell on, live with, and challenge yourself. I am a much better me because of that. I had to make this album to become a better me, but also a better mother. I couldn’t carry everything and give my son the most undivided attention and love and nurturing as I was working through these battles. Something a lot of people don’t realize is when you have to work through some of these traumas and challenges with yourself, and you’re having to take care of another human being and make sure that they feel protected and aren’t carrying any of that weight… I think that’s why it was so important to have my father speak about his past traumas and creating the connectivity of how it gets passed on from generation to generation, and the way a lot of things are just not changing.”

Read the entire interview: An Honest Conversation With Solange Knowles

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