Solange Previews ‘True’ EP at New York Listening Party

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Where can you find Jay-Z bouncing to some pretty girly music in a sea of colorful oxfords, natural hair, and random art? At Solange’s listening event in New York City, of course. The constantly evolving chanteuse, never just known as Beyoncé’s little sister, is set to drop her EP, True, on iTunes on November 27. The record is a mélange of kicky dance tracks co-written and produced by Devonté “Dev” Hynes, who giddily admitted, “There’s no one in the world I’d rather have worked with on this than Solange.”

An intimate group of press, along with Solange’s crew, came out to support her last night at a small studio converted into a modern-day speakeasy in the heart of SoHo. The charming pop of the cork every few minutes provided an extra beat to the album as Armand de Brignac (the gold bottle that replaced Cristal for Hov years ago) poured relentlessly into champagne flutes.

Solange glowed for good reason—the EP she shared with the crowd after a brief introduction was energetic, fresh, and creative, an amalgamation of nostalgic influences from the greats, with a twist of the contemporary beats that would make The Neptunes jealous. Also, perhaps because of her experience as a DJ, it came together in a cohesive way like the progression of a night on the dance floor. As the songs flowed out of the speakers, no one could stay in their seats, including hip-hop’s royal couple. Proud big sister B swept her caramel tresses into a ponytail a few minutes in and got off a couch to hit the floor with her hubby.

Rap-Up.com has a 7-track preview of what’s in store on True.

1. “Losing You”
Her first single is pleasantly upbeat for a song about love gone complicated. Solange asks, “Boy, am I losing you for good?” on this track, where the beat borrows sentiment from Madonna’s “Like a Prayer”—honest, tender, yet undeniably dance-worthy.

2. “Some Things Never Seem to Fucking Work”
The title says it all. In a song about ultimatums and questions, Solange ponders the illusion of a relationship. The vocals compete with the beat on this one, but the focus lays toward the reverberating rhythms.

3. “Locked in Closets”
If we were to ever hear a Beyoncé influence, it might be on this track, where Solange boasts her infamous Knowles vocal chops. The beat is reminiscent of Michael Jackson in his “Smooth Criminal” prime, and works flawlessly with her continuing theme of messy and addictive love.

4. “Lovers in the Parking Lot”
The tempo slows a bit on this song, as Solange continues with a strong vocal range. She regretfully admits, “I played around with your heart,” a telling piano riff adding dimension to the project.

5. “Don’t Let Me Down”
This one is more playful, with an aggressive beat that could set the foundation for a hip-hop track if need be. Not as lyrically substantial as the rest of the cuts, a feature in fact may have been beneficial.

6. “Look Good With Trouble”
Synth-heavy and full of echo, this track is versatile on its own—providing a respite from the poignant similar to the preceding one.

7. “Bad Girls (Verdine Version)”
Solange works the hell out of a falsetto on this unapologetic tune about her personality quirks. Embodying the strength of a woman who knows the intricacies of relationships, this one bookended her set well.

–Rajul Punjabi



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19 Comments

  1. Cranberry

    Ah, the *talented* Knowles sister.

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    Bee Reply:

    @Cranberry, grow up.

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    YouMadStayMad Reply:

    @Cranberry, “Ah, the *uglier* Knowles sister.”

    Fixed.

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    Love Jeffery Reply:

    @YouMadStayMad, Bitch!, You Are “The Uglier One” In Your Family!!! Ha!!!… Moving On… YES!!! I LOVE “THE BEAUTIFUL TALENTED ONE” SOLANGE!!! AND HER “TRUE: EP” IS COMING OUT ON MY BIRTHDAY!!! ELEVEN – TWENTY SEVEN!!! GOD IS SOOO GOOD TO ME!!! GOOD MUSIC TO MY EARS.

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    Love Jeffery Reply:

    @Love Jeffery, P.S. WHERE IS “SLEEP IN THE PARK”??? SHE SHOULD’VE MADE THIS AN 8-TRACK EP INSTEAD OF A 7-TRACK, BECAUSE I REALLY LIKED “SLEEP IN THE PARK”… BUT THAN THAT I’M EXCITED, AND HAPPY AS FUCK… LOL.

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    wq Reply:

    @Cranberry, what do yall’s sisters do again? okay then

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  2. C

    Looking forward to purchasing her ep AND Alicia Keys’ album on November 27th now!

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  3. TEAM BEY/SOL

    QUIT ALL THAT BS ABOUT HER BEING THE BETTER SISTER! BEYONCE IS EXTREMELY TALENTED AND IS HER OWN WOMAN – YA’LL HATING BECAUSE SHE KNOWS WHO THE F*CK SHE IS IN THIS WORLD, UNLIKE SOME OF YOU ATTENTION SEEKING CHICKS. SOLO CAN’T DO HALF THE SHIT BEY HAS DONE AND SAME WITH BEY (WELL…)

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  4. Critic

    I can’t wait!!!!!!!!!!!

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  5. @Brass_knucklez

    This is gonna be good

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  6. ME

    I am so happy for Solange. I love her style. I can’t wait!

    Team Solange

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  7. Jaye

    i need this in my life, i don’t want to wait until the 27th

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  8. LK

    Why yall creating rivalry between two sisters who love and support eachother and are in completley different lanes? Really not necessary.

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  9. Angie B.

    Raj kilt it.

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  10. Dave

    I’M ABOUT TO CRY, I CAN’T DEAL W/ THIS. OMG -____________- MY YEAR IS BEING MAD OVER & OVER. CIARA SLAYING YESTERDAY, & ALL THE SONGS I HEARD FROM HER THIS ERA, THEN the sound of Christina Aguilera’s “Lotus”, Dawn Richard getting a Distribution deal, & now Solange releasing an EP a week after my b’day. I can’t deal.

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  11. Jane

    Nothing a$$ Beyonce Stan’s need to chill. Bey is washed up & her music is no longer creative. Solange holds the name for the best / most creative & unique Knowles sister.

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  12. Kevin

    Real question pertaining to music, is “Bad Girls (Verdine Version)” a reworking of the Blood Orange song? Dev Hynes is producing this EP after all.

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  13. roe roe

    Can’t wait to hear her style i just love B and her hubby J

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  14. Beeuy Pretty Sunniz

    Can’t wait to hear her song

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