Photos by Philip Cosores and David Brendan Hall
The latest issue of Interview Magazine features an interview with Solange conducted by none other than her older sister Beyoncé. The transcript of the conversation, which the siblings recorded over the phone in December, has now surfaced online.
In it, Solange explains that her latest album, A Seat at the Table, began with “wanting to unravel some truths and some untruths” about her family and that she specifically asked Beyoncé to interview her for the piece “because the album really feels like storytelling for us all and our family and our lineage.” The sisters go on to talk more about their upbringing, with Solange comparing their father to Master P (who appears in a speaking role on A Seat at the Table).
Later in the interview, Solange cites Missy Elliot as “one of my biggest inspirations in terms of female producers” and discusses the meaning behind the song “Cranes in the Sky”. She also touches on what it’s like to make music videos with her husband, director Alan Ferguson, and expresses gratitude for how A Seat at the Table has been received: “The biggest reward that I could ever get is seeing women, especially black women, talk about what this album has done, the solace it has given them.”
Read the full interview here. Below, watch Solange’s video for “Cranes in the Sky”.