"It’s been a hell of a journey," Solange told the crowd of fans and invited guests at the private listening party for her fourth full-length studio album, A Seat at the Table (via Saint Heron/Columbia Records), at the Underground Museum in Los Angeles, Calif. on Thursday night (Sept, 29). Founded by painter Noah Davis, the creative space is frequently used to house visiting exhibits, and has also hosted previous gatherings by Black Lives Matter supporters, a fitting location for the occasion. (Earlier this week, Solange invited 86 fans to grab a seat at the table and sent out personal invites in the form of a hardcover book filled with poetry, photos and lyrics, which can be viewed online here.)
Guests took in the current exhibit on display, "Non Fiction," featuring work by artists like Kara Walker, Deana Lawson, and Robert Gober. Tina Lawson, mother to both Solange and Beyonce, then delivered an eloquent introduction before letting the sounds of the album fill the room. Spanning 21 tracks including eight interludes, the project finds Solange detailing the experience of being Black in America. Features on the album include Kelly Rowland, The-Dream, Tweet, Lil Wayne and BJ The Chicago Kid, among others. The album was also narrated by No Limit Records CEO Master P, who discussed his journey making it in the industry and not forgetting his worth.