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Solange Knowles Covers Interview Magazine and gets Interviewed by Beyonce

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Coming off the musical eloquence of A Seat At The Table, Solange Knowles graces the cover of Interview Magazine. Bringing things back full circle as she just interviewed her Mother, Tina Lawson and her Father, Mathew Knowles on her highly praised album, Solo thought it was only right to have her big sis Beyonce curate her interview for the popular publication.

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With the article titled In Control, Bey spoke with the “Don’t Touch My Hair” singer about life growing up, music, her favorite producer Missy Elliot and more after just coming from a parent-teacher conference.

BEYONCÉ: Are you exhausted? I know you had a parent-teacher conference …

SOLANGE: 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 …

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BEYONCÉ: You have to drive? From Philly?

SOLANGE: Yeah. But it’s not bad. It’s only an hour and 40 minutes.

BEYONCÉ: Oh my God! Rock star. Well, it is a bit strange, because we’re sisters and we talk all the time, to be interviewing you. But I’m so happy to interview you because, clearly, I’m your biggest fan and I’m super proud of you. So we’ll start from the beginning. Growing up, you were always attracted to the most interesting fashion, music, and art. You were obsessed with Alanis Morissette and Minnie Riperton and mixing prints with your clothes … when you were only 10 years old. You would lock yourself in a room with your drum set and a record player and write songs. Do you remember that? Of course you do.

SOLANGE: I do. [both laugh]

BEYONCÉ: What else attracted you growing up?

SOLANGE: I remember having so much perspective about my voice, and how to use my voice, at such a young age—whether it was through dance, poetry, or coming up with different projects. I guess I always felt a yearning to communicate—I had a lot of things to say. And I appreciated y’all’s patience in the house during all of these different phases. They were not ever very introverted, quiet phases.

BEYONCÉ: No, not at all. [both laugh] I remember thinking, “My little sister is going to be something super special,” because you always seemed to know what you wanted. And I’m just curious, where did that come from?

SOLANGE: I have no idea, to be honest! I always knew what I wanted. We damn sure know that I wasn’t always right. [both laugh] But I’d sit firm, whether I was right or wrong. I guess a part of that was being the baby of the family and being adamant that, in a house of five, my voice was being heard. Another part is that I remember being really young and having this voice inside that told me to trust my gut. And my gut has been really, really strong in my life. It’s pretty vocal and it leads me. Sometimes I haven’t listened, and those times didn’t end up very well for me. I think all of our family—you and mom—we’re all very intuitive people. A lot of that comes through our mother, her always following her gut, and I think that spoke to me really loudly at a young age and encouraged me to do the same.

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. If she conjured up an idea, there was not one element of that idea that she was not going to have her hand in. She was not going to hand that over to someone. And I think it’s been an interesting thing to navigate, especially watching you do the same in all aspects of your work: Society labels that a control freak, an obsessive woman, or someone who has an inability to trust her team or to empower other people to do the work, which is completely untrue. There’s no way to succeed without having a team and all of the moving parts that help bring it into life. But I do have—and I’m unafraid to say it—a very distinctive, clear vision of how I want to present myself and my body and my voice and my perspective. And who better to really tell that story than yourself? For this record specifically, it really started with wanting to unravel some truths and some untruths. There were things that had been weighing heavy on me for quite some time. And I went into this hole, trying to work through some of these things so that I could be a better me and be a better mom to Julez and be a better wife and a better friend and a better sister. Which is a huge part of why I wanted you to interview me for this piece. Because the album really feels like storytelling for us all and our family and our lineage. And having mom and dad speak on the album, it felt right that, as a family, this closed the chapter of our stories. And my friends’ stories—every day, we’re texting about some of the micro-aggressions we experience, and that voice can be heard on the record, too. The inspiration for this record came from all of our voices as a collective, and wanting to look at it and explore it. I’m so happy I got to take my time in that process. And the end result feels really rewarding.

BEYONCÉ: Well, it brought tears to my eyes to hear both of our parents speak openly about some of their experiences. And what made you choose Master P to speak on the album?

SOLANGE: Well, I find a lot of similarities in Master P and our dad.

BEYONCÉ: Me, too. [laughs]

Read more of the exclusive interview HERE.

 

 

 

 

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Music

Desiigner Talks Success, Influences, and Upbringing with Pusha T for ‘Interview’ Magazine

Musical phenom Desiigner‘s featured in October’s issue of Interview magazine. Pusha T, current president of G.O.O.D. Music interviewed the hip-hop new comer discussing his instant breakout hit, his musical influences, how he considers himself an artist not a rapper, recording “Panda,” and his upbringing in his hometown of Brooklyn, NY.

Desiigner jumped to the forefront of hip-hop with his infectious smash “Panda.” At the time just 18-years-old, the Bed-Stuy native went on to receive a co-sign from Ye himself; who later signed him to his G.O.O.D. Music label.

There was more success on the horizon for the young star. Kanye sampled “Panda” on “Father Stretch My Hands,” a record off his highly-anticipated album Life of Pablo; propelling the artist’s debut track up the Billboard 100 charts, ultimately landing at No. 1.

Photo Credit: Interview magazine/BJARNE JONASSON
Photo Credit: Interview magazine/BJARNE JONASSON

Desiigner continued making waves.  After nabbing a spot on XXL‘s coveted Freshman list, a 45-sec clip of him performing his new single “Tiimmy Turner” acapella, as a member of the 2016 Freshman Class immediately went viral.

Check out some of the highlights from the Billboard charting artist’s interview with his G.O.O.D music boss below.

ON HIS MUSICAL INFLUENCES:

“If anything, I would consider my grandfather. He’s a blues player. I like the old soul—you know how it is, Pusha, that old soul. My grandfather, he went by the name Sidney “Guitar Crusher” Selby; he formed that old soul, that old blues, that old rock that I put on my songs. He bluesed it out. And my pops, he was old-school, too; he played that old funk. I fell in love with that old style. You feel me?”

ON THE AFFECTS OF SUCCESS AND BEING AN ARTIST:

“Yeah. I definitely see that people take my creativity a lot more seriously now. It’s a lot more serious, because that’s the artist I want to be. I’m an artist, I’m not a rapper, I’m nowhere near a rapper. I’m an artist, and I’m here to be creative with every step I take, with every move I make. You feel that? You know what time it is!”

Photo Credit: Interview magazine/BJARNE JONASSON
Photo Credit: Interview magazine/BJARNE JONASSON

ON CREATING “PANDA”:

“When I heard the track, it was like a movie started in my head. It’s like, God put the words in me. The way it started, it’s like I saw the movie in my head and just wrote. I didn’t even think about it, I just blanked out. It was a zone I blanked to. And God was giving me the words. Even today I think about how I make my music, and I’m like …”

ON WHAT’S TO COME:

“It’s going to be a whole lot of visuals. It’s creativity on top of creativity. Merchandise, tours … It’s going to be crazy. The Life of Desiigner, baby, that’s the name of the album.”

 

The 19-year-old’s star is certainly shining bright. With his debut Life of Desiigner pending and respect from hip-hop heavyweights like Kanye, and Pusha T, Desiigner’s well on his way to carving out a lane of his own and reaching even greater heights.

Head over to Interview magazine to check out the full interview.

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Fashion

Willow & Jaden Smith Cover Interview, Sit Down With Pharrell Williams

Willow and Jaden Smith aren’t your run of the mill social media obsessed teenagers. The uber-woke offspring of Will and Jada have managed to remain unapologetically themselves; conquering everything they’ve set their sights on across the realms of acting, music, and fashion.

Covering September’s issue of Interview magazine, this unstoppable sibling duo has managed to not only fully grasp the underbelly of today’s technologically savvy world; but conscientiously maneuver the landscape to inspire, cause contemplation, and spark change amongst the millennial generation.

Photo Credit: STEVEN KLEIN for Interview
Photo Credit: STEVEN KLEIN for Interview

15-year-old Willow, and 18-year-old Jaden also sat down with Pharrell Williams for an interview that only further propels these two moguls in the making as pioneers of the future. Always humble, they discuss using social media for an intended purpose–to benefit the greater good of course–being able to express themselves without judgement from their parents, and understanding the role they play is elevating the minds of a generation that has the power to deeply impact the world.

Check out highlights from the Q&A below.

ON WHO THEIR BIGGEST INSPIRATIONS ARE

WILLOW:

“My parents. Growing up, all I saw was my parents trying to be the best people they could be, and people coming to them for wisdom, coming to them for guidance, and them not putting themselves on a pedestal, but literally being face-to-face with these people and saying, “I’m no better than you, but the fact that you’re coming to me to reach some sort of enlightenment or to shine a light on something, that makes me feel love and gratitude for you.” They always give back what people give to them.”

Photo Credit: STEVEN KLEIN for Interview
Photo Credit: STEVEN KLEIN for Interview

JADEN:

“I 100 percent agree with Willow on that one. My parents are definitely my biggest role models. And that’s where me and Willow both pull all of our inspiration from to change the world. It all comes from a concept of affecting the world in a positive way and leaving it better than it was than when we came.”

WILLOW ON BEING ABLE TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES EARLY ON

“Me and Jaden, when we were younger … [laughs] Ooh! We would wear the craziest things. Jaden would only wear his Spider-Man costume. I would freaking mismatch every single shirt and pants in my closet. We would just be so rambunctious with our clothing choices. And when we were old enough to start dressing ourselves, my mom was like, “Are you sure you want to go out like that?” And me and Jaden would be like, “You know what? Yes.” And she’d totally accept it. I feel like that’s where most of our confidence comes from. Because we weren’t told, “Oh, you don’t look good in that. You look crazy. People are gonna think this about you.” Like, obviously, that was going to be happening regardless, but it wasn’t like that ruled what we did or the choices that we made.”

Photo Credit: STEVEN KLEIN for Interview
Photo Credit: STEVEN KLEIN for Interview

JADEN ON THEIR SIBLING DYNAMIC

“So there’s always been competition, but we’ve always worked as hard as possible to do the things that we want to do. We never got upset because we could always do the same thing. It happened so that me and Willow were able to go through every level or different section of life that we wanted to. If we wanted to act, we could act. If we wanted to dance, we were dancing. And we could do it on the level that we wanted to do it. So there was no, like, “I’m mad at you.” Well, we would get mad at each other when we were young, but that stopped when we were, like, 9.”

You can head over to Interview to check out their entire conversation with Pharrell and hit the gallery below for all the FIERCE shots from their cover shoot.

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Music Videos

Adrian Marcel Releases New Visual “Waiting,” Interview Magazine Names Him ‘A Discovery Artist’ [SFPL Visual]

Emerging R&B crooner, Adrian Marcel releases the new black & white visual for his song, “Waiting”. The track is lifted from his EP/Mixtape, ‘7 Days of Weak’ and features the singer/songwriter reminiscing over love lost. Check it out below…

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Mag Covers: Rihanna Covers Interview Magazine

The LOUD diva herself covers Interview Magazine that has a special edition covered by our very own Fly Guy Kanye West.

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