- Solange, When I Get Home
Photography by Max Hirschberger
No one knew what to expect other than greatness when it came to Solange’s follow up to A Seat at the Table. With an artist like Solange you don’t get a boatload of music released in a short amount of time. She takes her time and it’s worth waiting for. When I Get Home is her exploring her roots and giving us hip hop, funk, jazz and electronic sound all in one album. Solange’s pro-blackness shines throughout this album and wraps its black listeners in a warm blanket.
When I Get Home is available for purchase and streaming on a few platforms such as Spotify.
- Beyoncé, Homecoming: The Live Album
Inspirational is what Beyoncécontinues to be for black women in particular. Her work ethic alone is astounding and practically unheard of. Not to mention the talent she possesses is otherworldly. Calling her talent-less and unworthy of her crown is absurd but the haters will continue to hate. But hating this live album (which dropped alongside Bey’s documentary) is doing yourself a disservice.
While it’s not necessarily an album full of new songs, it all flowed neatly due to the performances and spins that were put on older songs. Beyoncé didn’t just take up all the spotlight either, she let those who apart of the show (including special guests Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams, Jay-Z and Solange) have their own shine. Her appreciation of black culture and everything that came with the Beychella experience doesn’t get lost either.
Homecoming: The Live Album is available on all streaming platforms. And her documentary can be watched on Netflix.
- Kehlani, While We Wait
Mixtapes aren’t as popular nowadays and there’s a whole lot special about releasing a tiny bit of music as an appetizer. And Kehlani’s hearty appetizer of a mixtape, While We Wait, continues to prove what she brings as an artist. Her music has been some that’s helped breathe life into R&B as a genre.
You can find a more extensive review of the mixtape here (yes, it’s mine.) And the mixtape is available for purchase and streaming on platforms such as Spotify.
- Lizzo, Cuz I Love You
The body positive queen has graced us with her new album, Cuz I Love You, and folks you’re in for some bangers. With this album it’s full of bops, personality and panache throughout. Lizzo never lets us forget who she is, what she stands for and what she hopes for. She’ black, fat, a woman, someone who doesn’t ascribe to one thing in terms of her gender id or sexual identity and it’s powerful. To see someone like her in the spotlight is something that’s inspirational for many out there. And Cuz I Love You is just another reason to love Lizzo.