Solange is headed home to Houston. After taking us through heartbreak on Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams and a deep period of introspection on A Seat at the Table, she invites us to a homecoming with her latest album, When I Get Home.
Traveling with her to Texas, we explore the roots and traditions of Southern African-American culture, riding in cars with a candy paint finish (“Way to the Show”) and gleaning life advice from our all-knowing aunts (“Nothing Without Intention”). We extol the virtues of being young, gifted, and black — from our black skin and black braids to our endless reserve of faith (“Almeda”). We travel back to our childhood, a simpler time marked by big dreams (“Dreams”), boundless imagination (“Things I Imagined”), and Black Planet pages.
The choice to pull heavily from Western fashion feels intentional. Western style is typically associated with American culture but never black culture. With cowboy boots, hats, and chaps, Solange reclaims that legacy and centers it around the black Texan experience. To bring her vision to life, she tapped stylists Jessica Willis (who dressed her for the "Almeda" video) and Mecca James-Williams (who outfitted the cast for the entire video).