It’s always entertaining to read a Solange interview, because the older she gets, the more real she keeps it. Case in point, her recent sit-down with Rosie Swash of The Guardian. While she discussed the new music she has on the way (an eight-song LP coming out at the end of the month), the interview mostly focused on trying to decode the ever-changing little sister of Beyoncé, and it definitely cleared up a lot.
During the interview, the writer asked Solange about the infamous video of her setting a Fox reporter straight in 2008 after the folks in the newscast allegedly disrespected her family behind the scenes. And she claims they tried to tie her in to news about Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club in a negative way. She says that the small backlash she received from the interview just proved the fact there are huge double standards out there over black men and women in the industry sticking up for themselves:
If I was a male rapper responding in that way, it would have been no big deal,” she says. “But when a black woman stands up for herself suddenly she has an attitude problem.” Besides, she adds, who cares? It’s Fox.
And while Solo and Bey might be living the glamorous life now, they were just as broke as everybody else back in the day, and they have the Filas to prove it–on tape:
My sister and I were not allowed expensive clothes. We so badly wanted these Fila sneakers as kids but my mother took us down to the flea market and got imitation ones. Look at the early Destiny’s Child videos, you’ll see.
Solo also touched on that very sketch debut she made with the album, Solo Star, trying to do a twist of reggae music and attempting to get her pseudo-Rastafari on. And the music and style she displayed on that album was inspired by a family vacay to Jamaica:
I just fell in love with Rastafarian culture, in that way one does at that age, in that you get things a little wrong,” she recalls. “I grew my hair right down to my butt, and when I got home I tried making reggae music. My label’s reaction was, ‘What. The Hell. Is this?’
Solange also talks about getting married and having a baby at the age of 17, something her parents weren’t too excited about:
In retrospect, it was very young to get started on those things, but I had been working since I was 13, so I felt I had a head start. I’m sure deep down my parents were not completely thrilled, but I had my own money. I’d been working for five years by then, so there wasn’t much they could do but offer moral support, which they did.
Solange has come a long way, had a child, gotten divorced, found love again, picked up a new sound and is definitely coming into her own. Somebody’s definitely #winning! Check out the rest of her interview at The Guardian.