Guys, I’m as big of a Beyonce supporter as the next gal, but there’s a younger Knowles taking the world by storm that just happens to be my current obsession and afro-envy. Singer-songwriter, actress, model, dancer, DJ, fashionista, and mother of one, Solange stands as inspiration for all of those overlooked, under-appreciated younger siblings fighting to find the light in the shadows of an elder one.
Despite the assumed struggles between S and B, they both agree to be completely incomparable. They both have such distinct sounds and styles that they can’t even rightfully be placed into the same genre. While B is undoubtedly the queen of pop R&B, S has dabbled in everything from reggae to mo-town. Her upcoming dance/new wave EP is due for release on iTunes November 27th featuring collaborations with the legends of Chromeo and Pharrell. I’ve had the first released track “Losing You” on repeat and I just can’t stop dancing to the Madonna-sounding super jam.
To me, Beyonce will always be “Queen B.” Larger than life, untouchable. The winner for best smile, most beautiful, most likely to succeed, most loved, most popular girl in school whom I’d never befriend because of my own personal insecurities…Solange, on the other hand, is the weird, quirky little sister. She marches to the beat of her own drum and, despite her lack of mainstream appeal, I find far more well rounded, relatable, and presumably lots of fun to be around. She has a “cool factor” that the “cool girls” envy, an undeniably unique personal style of mixed prints and bright colors that can’t be pulled off by just anyone, but she makes it work. Plus, I think we can all agree on the fact that there is nothing sexier than a girl DJ…with an afro.