It's not often that we get a peek into the close-knit relationship between Beyoncé and Solange. But for the February issue of Interview magazine, Queen Bey (who doesn't speak with the press often) let down her guard a bit to interview her little sister.
The lengthy chat finds the two talented Knowles ladies discussing Solange's inspiration behind A Seat at the Table album, breaking down the meaning of "Cranes in the Sky" and even comparing Master P to their father Mathew. It turns out Solange wrote the lush single in Miami eight years ago after breaking up with her son Julez's father.
The singer recalls:
"I remember looking up and seeing all of these cranes in the sky. They were so heavy and such an eyesore, and not what I identified with peace and refuge. I remember thinking of it as an analogy for my transition—this idea of building up, up, up that was going on in our country at the time, all of this excessive building, and not really dealing with what was in front of us. And we all know how that ended. That crashed and burned. It was a catastrophe. And that line came to me because it felt so indicative of what was going on in my life as well. And, eight years later, it's really interesting that now, here we are again, not seeing what's happening in our country, not wanting to put into perspective all of these ugly things that are staring us in the face."
Solange also reveals that her album's artwork was inspired by the Mona Lisa and finding comfort in a certain Bravo reality show. "I was just having a conversation with someone about The Real Housewives of Atlanta," she told her sister. "And I was saying how I love that show and think it's so brilliant because it's the woman that was represented in my childhood in Houston. It makes me feel so at home."
And if you were wondering which classic Selena song she prefers between "No Me Queda Mas" or "I Could Fall in Love"? "No Me Queda Mas" takes the crown. Click here to read the full Interview magazine article.
Next up, listen to the Back of the Class podcast discuss Solange's new music: