Solange Knowles is known for her off beat style and eclectic sound, but the 27 year old recently opened up with CL’s Angel Laws about more than just the music and fashion.
In PART ONE of our exclusive sit down, the singer speaks candidly about raising her soon to be 9 year-old son Julez and how he inspires her on a daily basis. The trendsetter also opens up about her quest to find herself and becoming a woman in this sometimes unforgiving entertainment industry.
Even though she was a bit under the weather during the taping, Solange definitely seemed to be in a good space and radiated positive energy. So make sure you check out PART ONE above and a few quote snippets below.
ON LEARNING FROM HER SON JULEZ:
Every day I’m learning something. We were at Coney Island the other day and you know those shorts that have the names on the butt? I had one that said Brooklyn and it was tie dye and i thought they were super ill and he was like, ‘That’s inappropriate for your age..” and I was like “Excuse me..?” And he said, “Those are made for seventeen year old girls..” He definitely keeps it real when no one else [does]. The level of honesty and youth is just so raw and unfiltered. He’s also just such an eclectic kid… I’ve been so blessed for him to be able to travel with me, to experience and to have the exposure he’s had. And also just go back to Houston with his dad and just kick it. He’s definitely a very spirited kid. And everyday just inspires me…
ON RAISING A YOUNG BLACK MALE:
I really try to keep him as open to all of those social issues. There’s been arguments of what’s too young to introduce those conversations. But I think the earlier you have a sense of the real world and the truth. The earlier you’re able to develop those decision making tools when you’re in those positions. It’s a reality.
ON LIVING IN BROOKLYN:
Its such an inspiring Borough. Its such an inspiring place in so many ways. Just a walk down the street inspires me incredibly. Stylistically. There’s just so many dope girls I know. In interviews all the time I get asked, ‘Who are my style icons?’ Im like, “the girls of Brooklyn honestly..” There is just a lot of artistic freedom here. There is a lot of personal freedom. Its a very ambitious city to live in. I love Jules being able to grow up in that environment and seeing that diversity.
ON BEING A TRENDSETTER:
I really take that with a grain of salt. Im just so humbled by it. But I’m just such a student and I’m influenced by so many ill people. So I still consider myself a fan. Still learning and growing.
ON BECOMING A WOMAN IN THE INDUSTRY:
I think that’s one of the more challenging things about being an artist in such a public forum is having those transitions so publicized. So in your face. So documented. Its really a strange momentum to have that happen and to be able to look back and google search on any and everyone of those phases. And I’ve gone through so many different evolutions and transitions. It really took me a long time to figure out how to take all of my influences and all of the things that inspired me and make them apart of me.
Look out for Part TWO on Friday, October 4th.
Solange opens up about how she deals with negativity, traveling to Africa and what’s next for her as an artist.