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From The Vault: Solange – ‘I Decided’

Solange has been receiving rave reviews for her new album ‘A Seat At The Table,’ yet her journey to emancipation started  five years ago.

This week’s From The Vault journeys back to 2008, a time when the rising star released her first single in 5 years.

Today’s pick is retro number ‘I Decided’.

Serviced as the first single from Solo’s sophomore set ‘Sol-Angel And The Hadley St. Dreams,’ the track was produced by the mighty Neptunes and sampled the iconic handclaps from The Supremes‘Where Did Our Love Go.’

In the US, the cut performed moderately well on the Billboard Hot Hip-Hop/R&B peaking at #44.

For its European incarnation, the throwback cut received a sonic facelift by British DJs The Freemasons which allowed it to access the UK and France’s Top 30 as well as Ireland’s Top 50.

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Acclaimed director and family friend Melina Matsoukas directed the cut’s video which retraced different eras in Pop culture. Travelling through time, the talented songbird can be seen as part of a Supremes-like ensemble performing during the Civil Right Movement era, as a Disco queen on Soul Train, an 80’s popstar in the MTV generation, and finally romancing a love interest in the future.

With its vivid vibrancy and use of pop art, the visual shared similarities with Rihanna’s ‘Rude Boy’ which was released a year later and was also directed by Matsoukas.

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We’ve long been rooting for Ms. Knowles – ever since ‘Hadley St. Dreams’ days. As such, we couldn’t be more amped about seeing her finally getting the recognition she deserves. What’s interesting with ‘A Seat At The Table’ is that its material isn’t far removed from what Solange has been servicing already for years.

Hopefully, the buzz surrounding the project won’t be temporary and will only allow Knowles to expand the conversation with her newly recruited supporters.

In there here and now, though, congrats to Solange for breaking through. At long last.

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5 Comments

  1. November 6, 2016 at 10:33 am
    Meme says:
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    Here we go with the sneak rihanna shade again. Y’all at TGJ must not sleep well at night unless y’all post some shade towards rihanna everyday. This video looks nothing like rude boy. Bye

    • November 7, 2016 at 3:25 am
      Maurice says:
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      i remember when i first heard this. This song was MY FUUUUCKING shiiiit.
      The FreeMasons version slayed even more.
      Then she had sandcastles disco, and that one dragged me to hell and back.
      I never understood at the time why people weren’t buying her music. But I’ve been a fan ever since this song came ou.

    • November 22, 2016 at 9:33 am
      emmd says:
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      solange was the first to do this.. than Rihanna came out with rude boy months later with the same concept.. i remember solange was pissed ..

  2. November 6, 2016 at 1:12 pm
    Mark111 says:
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    I always liked this song, but didn’t care for the video. Now I get it, it’s the Black story of the 60s and a bit of the 70s. The space part isn’t about the future, it was about the moon landing in the 60s.

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    Nice song

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