Solange Knowles’ third (and best to date) studio album A Seat At The Table met rave reviews upon its release. It’s a record about modern day black survival and what Solo herself called a ‘project on identity, empowerment, independence, grief and healing.’
There are numerous guest appearances on the album, recounting some of their most difficult existing while black experiences (Matthew Knowles) and what it means to be ‘pro black’ (Tina Knowles). But the voice we hear almost as most as Solange’s is that of Master P.
She recently joined Questlove on his Pandora radio show to discuss the album as well as Master P’s involvement.
“I think Master P is incredibly regal, and there was a thread of regality I wanted to connect to the album and the visuals,” she told the “Questlove Supreme” crew. “I really wanted to present black people as, you know, [the] regal, stately beings that we are. I think that regality that can be expressed in so many different ways.”
“I also remember my father really looking up to Master P because he was a black man who entered this music industry and this landscape completely independent, and he held on to his independence, and that was important for my father who was someone who was transitioning as someone who was a music executive and learning the business,” she shared. “He had a great deal of respect for Master P and I would hear about that.”
“I see a lot of similarities between my father and him,” Solange said later, “the empowerment of being a self-made black man and navigating through that.”