It’s difficult to try and imagine what it must be like for Solange Knowles. For all of the singer’s adult life, she has been in the shadow of one of the most famous women in the entire world—her sister Beyonce. There have been times that she has strived to make a name for herself; her song “T.O.N.Y.” is just one example of her music that truly made fans warm up to her. However, it was just last year that Solange truly stepped into the spotlight on her own.
The title, A Seat at the Table, was perhaps a reference to the fact that Solange wants to be seen and heard for who she is—and not just what her famous family represents. With dazzling mentions from Pitchfork and other exciting platforms, it wasn’t long before this incredible new album was attracting major attention. It hit so hard, in fact, that Solange was even asked to perform on “Saturday Night Live”—a huge step up for an artist who has been trying to garner some buzz for a long time now.
Of course, it doesn’t hurt that some of the other featured artists on the new album are major industry heavyweights. With appearances from Q Tip, The Dream, Lil Wayne, Kelly Rowland and more, this collection of songs is definitely not lacking in star power. “Cranes in the Sky” might be the breakout hit of the album, among many songs that deserve major notice from the industry. In a music world that has strived to define her in the same box as her sister, Solange Knowles has risen to the occasion and proved that she is her own woman.