After a crazy, almost unreal 2016, Solange’s “A Seat at the Table” couldn’t come at a better time. After countless headlines concerning unarmed black men and women being gunned down by police, it gets disheartening being a person of color in today’s society. A Seat at the Table (ASATT) encapsulates what it means to black in modern culture, in a way that makes you nothing but proud to Black and of “Color”. “Don’t Touch My Hair” and “F.U.B.U.”, specifically, are anthems you can sing out loud to and feel unapologetically Black. However, this isn’t an album that only Blacks, Latins, Asians, etc. can listen to; it’s for all humans. “Cranes in the Sky” speaks to one’s struggle of trying to overcome hurt, letdowns, and heartache, whilst trying to find yourself in a mad, mad world, a sentiment I think all can identify with. Coupled with separate interludes from her mother, Tina Knowles, father, Matthew Knowles, and the legendary Master “Percy Miller” P himself, the sage wisdom these elders provide detail their own struggles of being black in America, and how they were able to overcome. Outside of this, the album has a few features, with Lil Wayne giving two great verses on “Mad,” and Q-Tip of a Tribe Called Quest adding backing vocals on “Borderline (An Ode to Self Care). “ASATT” is a great album for any long-time Solange fan, as well as the listener who’s looking for a thought-provoking album, to help ground them in these times. This album speaks to women, to people of color, and lastly to the world at large. The project is littered with themes of self-worth, finding oneself, and overcoming burdens placed by society and sometimes your own self. Let alone the fact that the music itself is jammin’ and of quality. “A Seat at the Table” is definitely on my top albums of 2016, and should be on yours also.
Listen to “A Seat at the Table” via Spotify.