Jan 11, 2017 7:15AM
Beyoncé Interviewed Solange And It Is Several Fire Emojis
Sister 2 sister.
Being notoriously selective about interviews, hearing Beyoncé's opinion on lots of things — aside from through her music — is a hard thing to achieve. So when a new interview hits pages, it's a total froth fest. Get ready rn because it has happened, only Bey is the one asking the questions and the subject is her sis Solange. Dreams!
It's perfect to hear from her from this angle, finding out what questions she finds interesting, and of course seeing it written that she loves her sis so much. "I'm your biggest fan and I'm super proud of you," she affirms in her initial questions.
The gals touch on Solange's childhood: "Growing up, you were always attracted to the most interesting fashion, music, and art," Bey says. "You were obsessed with Alanis Morissette and Minnie Riperton and mixing prints with your clothes ... when you were only 10 years old. You would lock yourself in a room with your drum set and a record player and write songs."
And Solange confirms, "I remember having so much perspective about my voice, and how to use my voice, at such a young age—whether it was through dance, poetry, or coming up with different projects. I guess I always felt a yearning to communicate—I had a lot of things to say."
"I guess a part of that was being the baby of the family and being adamant that, in a house of five, my voice was being heard. Another part is that I remember being really young and having this voice inside that told me to trust my gut. And my gut has been really, really strong in my life. It's pretty vocal and it leads me. Sometimes I haven't listened, and those times didn't end up very well for me. I think all of our family—you and mom—we're all very intuitive people. A lot of that comes through our mother, her always following her gut, and I think that spoke to me really loudly at a young age and encouraged me to do the same."
They talk inspiration for Solange's recent record: "For this record specifically, it really started with wanting to unravel some truths and some untruths. There were things that had been weighing heavy on me for quite some time. And I went into this hole, trying to work through some of these things so that I could be a better me and be a better mom to Julez and be a better wife and a better friend and a better sister. Which is a huge part of why I wanted you to interview me for this piece."
Solange explains a little more about 'Cranes in the Sky': "It's the only song on the album that I wrote independently of the record, and it was a really rough time. I know you remember that time. I was just coming out of my relationship with Julez's father … I really had to take a look at myself, outside of being a mother and a wife, and internalise all of these emotions that I had been feeling through that transition. I was working through a lot of challenges at every angle of my life, and a lot of self-doubt, a lot of pity-partying. And I think every woman in her twenties has been there—where it feels like no matter what you are doing to fight through the thing that is holding you back, nothing can fill that void."
A stand out part of the interview is when they talk about the misconceptions of being a strong woman: "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."
Read the full interview over at Interview.