WRITTEN BY JEMN STONE ON JULY 22, 2016.
Solange is like the personified voice in the back of my head. She is me. She is us -- on a platter with simple instruments and straightforward talk. WE've been known to 'keep it real'. Although there are those occasional folk who prefer to blend... this album isn't for you, unless you're ready and well prepared to be and feel black (again).
"A Seat at the Table" reminds me of the 70s in an unusual yet satisfying way. (Some days it feels like We're still leaving in the 70s.) with delicate instrumentation and groovy melodies, Solange doesn't need a plethora of metaphors and similes to create a beautiful peace -- she never has. She talks to you personally emphasizing, "Dont let anybody steal your magic!" The album gives to us the medicine that we need to keep our minds keen and lively, very opposite of the radio these days.
Don't wanna do the dishes just wanna eat the food...
What's that quote by Paul Mooney? 'Everybody wanna be a n*gga but don't know nobody wanna be a n*gga.' That's how the aforementioned quote resonates to my perspective. But see, that's the thing about art, it can be translated and interpreted in many ways; however, this particular composition is self-explanatory. There's no doubt that "A Seat at the Table" in conjunction with Solange's recent soliloquy "And Do You Belong? I Do." is a personal reflection of one's external and internal being. Day in and day out We take the blame and we manage the rain. Though at times it is hard to pursue, this album embeds a mindset into its listener
I have no limit to what I can do.
This shit is for me. This shit is FOR US.