Solange is In Control, don't get it twisted.
Commonly put in her sister's shadow in the past, Solange's unique talents and art finally received the attention and success she had long deserved but not gotten with the release of her incredible "A Seat At The Table" LP last year.
Now, after long distancing themselves publicly, the "Cranes In The Sky" singer has been interviewed by her superstar sister Beyoncé for the new issue of Interview magazine.
Solange is radiant, glowing and absolutely stunning on the cover of the mag - but what else is new?
"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 Interview Mag," she says. "[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."
The interview opens in an adorable, familiar fashion when Bey asks, "Are you exhausted? I know you had a parent-teacher conference ..." to which Solange replies, "Yeah, I actually had to fly to Philly because there were no flights left to New York. And now I'm driving from Philly to New York. Well, I'm not driving, but ..."
The family dynamic make for some lengthy answers - seriously! - as Solange explains the 3-year-long process behind her #1 LP, her artistry and inspirations, but you can read some highlights below.
BEYONCÉ: You write your own lyrics, you co-produce your own tracks, you write your own treatments for your videos, you stage all of your performances, all of the choreography ... Where does the inspiration come from?
SOLANGE: It varies. For one, I got to have a lot of practice. Growing up in a household with a master class such as yourself definitely didn't hurt. And, as far back as I can remember, our mother always taught us to be in control of our voice and our bodies and our work, and she showed us that through her example.
BEYONCÉ: That I know. When do you feel most free?
SOLANGE: When I'm in a musical meditation.
BEYONCÉ: "No Me Queda Mas" or "I Could Fall in Love"?
SOLANGE: This is so unfair! "No Me Queda Mas."
BEYONCÉ: What is the funniest text you got from our mom this week? [both laugh] That's too personal, never mind. You've got to love Mama Tina. How does it feel to have the dopest wedding photo of all time?
SOLANGE: Oh my God, that is subjective!
BEYONCÉ: What makes you laugh the hardest?
SOLANGE: The Real Housewives of Atlanta, hands-down.
BEYONCÉ: Really?! I didn't know that.
SOLANGE: I watch it religiously, and I am in stitches the whole time.
BEYONCÉ: One of my proudest moments as a sister was when I was able to introduce you to your hero, Nas, and you cried and acted a fool. I was so surprised that Mrs. Too-cool-for-everything was acting a fool. Is there another human being that would get that reaction out of you now if you met him/her?
SOLANGE: Diana Ross. For sure. I broke out in some hives when I went to her concert. Alan was like, "Uh, you're breaking out into hives. Calm down."
BEYONCÉ: And, honestly, growing up, how did I do as a big sister?
SOLANGE: You did a kickass job. 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.
BEYONCÉ: I was expecting something funny, but I'll take it. Thank you
Read the full interview here.