Solange: Creole Lady Lite was recently interviewed for Vulture during the journey to her upcoming seven-song EP, True. The singer/songwriter went from her home in Carrol Gardens to a loft in SoHo all in anticipation for her recent listening party.
Solange is releasing her EP independently after cutting ties with her former label, Interscope. She reportedly felt trapped there, especially when the label refused to allow the release of an unlicensed record she did covering Dirty Projectors.
“I wasn’t actually selling it. I was just putting it out,” she says. “Lil Wayne was on the same [parent] label, rapping over every single person’s songs on all of his mixtapes, and no one ever complained because I’m sure he just put it out and said ‘Fuck you.’ I was saying ‘Fuck you’ so much that they were like, ‘Well, you don’t have to be here.’”
Now Sol-Angel is putting all her own money and work into her new project.
“I made my entire record on my own from top to bottom,” she says. “Everything from studio-equipment rentals to actually creating a studio. The entire album has been about me calling my friends, like, ‘Will you make a video with me?’ ‘Okay, cool. Let’s do it,’”
Solange also talked about babysitting her niece, Blue Ivy, and the growing relationship her son shares with his baby cousin.
“Blue comes over, I babysit,” says Solange. “[Beyoncé] takes Julez sometimes for the weekend. [Blue] and Julez are going to grow up more like sister and brother than cousins.” Julez is “showing signs of wanting to be an artist” and seems to have learned something from his uncle—he writes raps. “He loves it. It’s so scary,”
The new EP, True, drops on November 27th. You can read much more of this story, including notes on Solange’s marriage, divorce, new love and listening party with Bey and Jay, at Vulture.com.