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Solange’s debut album, 2002’s Solo Star, was released when she was just 16 years old – mere months before her famous sister took the world by storm as a solo star herself. In the nearly six years between her debut and sophomore album Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams, Solange experienced a whole lot of life (motherhood, marriage, and divorce). Meanwhile, her sister went from being a member of an iconic, superstar girl-group, to becoming a legend-in-the-making household name by 2008. So, would Solange be overshadowed, or would she make a name for herself? With Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams, Solange made the answer to that question quite clear. Solange has always been fearlessly outspoken. Truly, the album marked the birth of an innovative artist who would go on to become more than just the sister of her famous sibling.

As the years progressed, Solange quietly yet consistently made a name for herself – independent of major labels and the like. Her 2012 EP, True, paired her with Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes and together, birthed a new stage in Solange’s career. The critical acclaim came quickly, and the stage was set for her true break-out album in 2016: A Seat at the Table.

A Seat at the Table isn’t just a mere rehashing of the hardships of black life and injustice. Knowles takes the hard road on this one, using each song to meticulously touch upon the many micro-aggressions that black folks face on a daily basis. While everyone is sure to have different interpretations of the album, what can be agreed upon is this: Solange Knowles is lifting as she climbs, and is bringing enough chairs for all of us to sit in at the table.