Solange’s “A Seat at the Table” Sits at the Top of the Charts
By Lexi Russell
‘A Seat At The Table’ is not only a melodic masterpiece, but it invites Black people to celebrate and share their culture. It seems to be a conversation starter on every social media platform from Twitter to Tumblr.
Each song has a different theme including being considered different for being black, getting over depression, being yourself and accepting what is going on in today’s world.
Solange uses her angelic falsetto to express to us what is going through her mind about the state of not only American culture but appropriation of black culture. Many people compare this piece of work to Kendrick Lamar’s latest album “To Pimp a Butterfly.” Although these two albums have similar themes and messages, they are clearly two completely different pieces of work.
Solange explained how the process of making the album was very slow but also very unique to many different artists’ processes. Her fans anticipated this long-awaited album, but it was worth definitely worth it.
She rented a house in the country during the making of the album and stayed there with her engineer. Each day, she layed in a hammock, spending her time coming up with melodies and lyrics for songs.
Although being “woke” is a common theme of today, Solange was able to create a unique piece that could inspire and relate to so many Black people, especially black young women. Along with her interludes of her parents and other loved ones speaking about their difficult experiences being black, she was able to seamlessly string the songs to her message.