Beyonce Interviews Solange Knowles, Gets Ranked as a Big Sister

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Beyonce Knowles rarely agrees to a formal interview these days, but she's quite comfortable being the interviewer.
In the February issue of Interview magazine, Beyonce is the one asking the questions to younger sister Solange Knowles. "After interviewing my mother and father for A Seat At The Table, it feels like full circle to have chosen my sister to interview me for Interview magazine," Solange says. "It is one of my favorite talks to date."

"Honestly, growing up, how did I do as a big sister?" Beyonce inquires. "You did a kicka** job," Solange enthusiastically responds. "You were the most patient, loving, wonderful sister ever. In the 30 years that we've been together, I think we've only really, like, butted heads ...We can count on one hand."
The "Don't Touch My Hair" singer also manages to surprise Queen Bey, 35, when she reveals what makes her "laugh the hardest."
"The Real Housewives of Atlanta, hands-down," Solange admits to Beyonce's dismay. "I watch it religiously, and I am in stitches the whole time."
Solange's latest album, A Seat At the Table, has received lots of critical acclaim, and she credits her older sister who pushed her to collaborate on the visuals of the project with husband Alan Ferguson. Beyonce, of course, has collaborated with husband Jay Z multiple times throughout her career. "I remember telling you years ago that I wanted to work with him, but I was scared because I felt like our relationship, by the grace of God, is the one thing that I can count on to be intact and to be solid," Solange explains. "And you actually encouraged that and said, 'I swear, you guys are going to be just fine and will probably make the best work that you have ever made because of the way that you love and respect one another and each other's vision.'"

As for the decision to have Master P narrate A Seat at the Table, Solange says that came about because he reminds her of Mathew Knowles -- and Beyonce agrees. "I remember reading or hearing things about Master P that reminded me so much of Dad growing up," she admits. "I wanted a voice throughout the record that represented empowerment and independence, the voice of someone who never gave in." "You and I were raised being told not to take the first thing that came our way," she adds. "To build our own platforms, our own spaces, if they weren't available to us. And I think that he is such a powerful example of that."
Last year, A Seat at the Table hit the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart, making Solange and Beyonce the first sisters to have both scored No. 1 albums. The only other siblings to have achieved such success are Michael and Janet Jackson, as well as, coincidentally, Master P and his brother, Silkk the Shocker.