“In “Don’t Touch My Hair” I wanted to present this super majestic and regal image of black people, black culture, and black street culture. I remember feeling out ideas, like velour suits and finger waves, or do-rags and furs.” -Solange Knowles in Vogue
A week after the anticipated release of her third album, A Seat at The Table, Solange Knowles is delivering black excellence. With songs like “Don’t Touch My Hair” and “Where Do We Go”, there is no doubt that Solange’s album is catered to those that have experienced modern day oppression, particularly African Americans.
If you’re questioning how hair relates to oppression, then I don’t know what to tell you. I cant even begin to explain the number of comments I have read of those offended by Solange’s song “Don’t Touch My Hair”. They’re asking questions like “what is so racist about touching someone’s hair? or “I’m white and people touch my hair all the time, but you don’t see me whining”. If you don’t get that this song isn’t actually about hair, but instead, Solange’s truth on the black experience, then you may need to move on to another artist such as Iggy Azelea.
“All my niggas let the whole world know.
Play this song and sing it on your term.
For us, this shit is for us.
Don’t try to come for us”
Solange’s album has transcended the world of music and entered the realm of political discourse advocating for blackness and black autonomy. A Seat at the Table has gained widespread attention by fans, as well as critics, not only for it’s beautiful sound, but its radically relevant message. She delivers brutal honesty in her lyrics. Her sound is soft and meditative, but what stands out the most is the solace that her album has brought during a time I like to call the new age civil rights movement.
All in all, A Seat at the Table is a musical masterpiece. It has easily already entered my top favorite albums of 2016. If you haven’t heard her album, click here to listen to it and let me know what you think down below.