WHAT DO you get when two chart-topping sisters sit down for an interview? Absolute magic!
In the latest issue of Interview magazine, Solange Knowles is interviewed by big sister Beyoncé.
The two discuss childhood inspirations, the similarities between their dad and Master P, and the funniest texts they’ve received from their mother.
“After interviewing my mother and father for A Seat At The Table, it feels like full circle to have chosen my sister to interview me for @InterviewMag,” Solange wrote on Instagram today (Jan 10).
“[We] spoke about womanism, growing up in a hair salon, and choosing between “I could fall in love” and “No Me Queda Mas”. It is one of my favorites to date.”
In the beginning of the interview, Beyoncé remembers Solange’s tenacity growing up and comments: “I remember thinking, ‘My little sister is going to be something super special.'”
Solange, in response, remembers being inspired by her older sister as well as her mother’s determination.
Looking back on these factors in her development, Solange tells Beyoncé , was “why I wanted you to interview me for this piece. Because the album really feels like storytelling for us all and our family and our lineage.”
Speaking about her No.1 album, A Seat At The Table, which she wrote, arranged, and co-produced every song, Solange says she was inspired to adopt so many roles by Missy Elliot.
“I remember seeing her when you guys worked together and being enamored with the idea that I could use myself as more than a voice and the words,” She says.
In the interview, Beyoncé says she’s her little sister’s “biggest fan” and that she’s “super proud” of all she has achieved.
“Well, it is a bit strange, because we’re sisters and we talk all the time, to be interviewing you. But I’m so happy to interview you because, clearly, I’m your biggest fan and I’m super proud of you,” she says.
“You always seemed to know what you wanted. And I’m just curious, where did that come from?” Beyoncé asks.
Solange replies: “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.”
The 30-year-old goes on to explain to her sister the meaning behind her hit song, 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. We were junior high school sweethearts, and so much of your identity in junior high is built on who you’re with.
“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… I remember looking up and seeing all of these cranes in the sky. They were so heavy and such an eyesore, and not what I identified with peace and refuge. I remember thinking of it as an analogy for my transition—this idea of building up, up, up that was going on in our country at the time, all of this excessive building, and not really dealing with what was in front of us.”