After interviewing with her mother last year, Solange sat down for a chat with her older sister, Queen Bey herself.
In a cover story for Interview Magazine‘s February issue, Solange talks about her Grammy-nominated album A Seat at the Table, what it means to be a woman, her artistry and her family life with big-sister Bey.
At the start of the interview Solange was in full mommy mode after finishing a parent-teacher conference, but she quickly delved into what inspired her album and how her upbringing has shaped her artistry.
“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,” she said. “I wanted to create an image that invited people to have an up-close and personal experience—and that really spoke to the album title—that communicated, through my eyes and my posture, like, “Come and get close. It’s not going to be pretty. It’s not going to be perfect. It’s going to get a little gritty, and it might get a little intense, but it’s a conversation we need to have.”
Beyoncé had no shortage of compliments for her sibling about her album as well as Solange as a woman.
Speaking about A Seat at the Table, Beyoncé gushed, “It’s something to be celebrated, for a young woman to be such a strong producer as well as a singer-songwriter and artist.”
After discussing the album and Solange’s artistic process, the sisters engaged in a speed round of questions where we learned that Solange prefers Mahogany over Lady Sings the Blues. In fact, her first date with her husband Alan Ferguson was to see the film. Solange also revealed that she loves The Real Housewives of Atlanta and was starstruck when she met rapper Nas and music legend Diana Ross.
Beyoncé and Solange also shared a tender moment at the end of the interview when Bey asked how she did as a big sister.
“You did a kickass job,” Solange replied. “You were the most patient, loving, wonderful sister ever. In the 30 years that we’ve been together, I think we’ve only really, like, butted heads … we can count on one hand.”