There has not been a more consistent act in music in the last few years like Kendrick Lamar. Solange's album allowed for black girl vulnerability, but she's in her early 30s. Code Switch: Can y'all be even more specific? Can the three of you talk more about why this resonates with you as young, black women? Like, she dictated the terms of their presence in a way by setting the emotional tone. At the same time, I can understand the feature, but that doesn't mean other people will. I think age has a lot to do with my connection, too. Because I feel like so often black women are not allowed to be that way.
I've been in an interesting time in my life for reflection and writing, understanding complex ideas about myself, race, sexuality, and so on. I felt like I was listening to the audio version of someone's diary. Both are the same age, 26. It feels like important representation. Vincent's fifth album, full of electro pop, glam rock and techno sounds, is an adventurous album that deserves to be heard by the masses. See for yourself as the album is available on and.
And also, the anticipation for this album really seemed to build among young black women this year — this album release had been rumored for a while so I was just excited to see what she was gonna come out with. We're getting nosy here — but what lyrics specifically did it for you? It's an honest re-telling of how things are in her experience. Sydnee: K, one last point: And I think the idea of Ctrl relates to how she approaches the content in this. Our conversation has been lightly edited. I like the music of Kendrick, Schoolboy Q, and the other Black Hippy members but definitely always see it as pretty. And you kind of have to say something — you don't have to say anything, but you have to mean it. She was talking about how this album she really turned down the reverb, etc.
Sydnee: No, I totally feel you. Which began the long wait for Ctrl. We learned last week that he would add a feature to the project as well, so the expectations were and are high. And the things you don't say out loud but you think! The endurance, potential substance abuse and then just time. No, it was Jay's vulnerability, proving that honesty is what keeps artists relevant, long after they've transitioned from being the new hot thing.
YouTube Brandi: As a black woman, anything that reinforces what black women are worth really resonates with me. I didn't need or want his perspective there? This album exemplifies my relationship to my blackness, to intimacy, to self-care. There's space opening up surrounding emotional honesty because young women of color are making it that way through their art. . But I do agree that to have that content packaged in this genre was special to me as well. And self-care beyond like mud masks and deep breathing exercises, but in actual actions — or vocalizing that action — of celebrating, reflection, and even holding on to genuine reactions to pain anger, sadness, bitterness, etc.
This album is validation that people are being mistreated and their feelings and personhood are being put aside for momentary, if that, sexual satisfaction. There are parts of that book that suggest that black people, in particular women, are constantly striving to find pop culture actually about them. Jenny: I really love the Mitski comparison. How much space is there for us to just feel? I feel like no one right now is singing the way she sings — the way she kinda winds through the beats. I wanted to ask everyone how we felt about how the male features work in this? First impressions, I went off.
Juxtaposed with the recordings from her mom and grandma I believe. In this project that's so vulnerable and open, is there a space for that masculinity and tone? Code Switch Kat and Leah : All righty. I don't want to be essentialist about race and genre, but. Sydnee: I really appreciated the vulnerability. Solange and Beyoncé are tying in a lot of marital issues, but I'm not there yet. We see Black Death plastered on the news always.
Code Switch: Say more on that point, Jenny? Code Switch: What specifically resonated? Such a good point, Jenny. I've never felt like that before. Sydnee: Yeah, like so often there's this sentiment that we're not allowed to share the less-than-publishable parts of ourselves. Jenny: Honestly, the first thing I was struck with was the sound of her voice. There's also the inclusion of phone calls with her mom and grandmother, used as interludes throughout the album. Jenny: Yeah, there's actually this great quote from her about that.