Two Music Videos, Similar Artistry: Solange vs. TheeSatisfaction

October 2nd, 2012

(Photos from left: Anthony Dixon/WENN.com, Facebook)

By Arielle Loren

Solange Knowles made a statement years ago when she decided to focus on artistry over pop-stardom. She changed her sound, became an eclectic fashion symbol and even moved to Brooklyn to maneuver the independent music scene. Her just released music video, “Losing You,” is evidence of her continued re-emergence as her own woman, but many are asking if she took notes from one of Brooklyn’s favorites, the underground girls duo TheeSatisfaction.

Directed by dream hampton, TheeSatisfaction’s “QueenS” music video became a viral sensation for its beautiful colors, all shades of brown women and funky-soul melody. hampton tweeted that Mickalene Thomas inspired the video and fake renditions of the artist’s work were featured. However, dream’s transparency was admirable, as she didn’t have to shout out Thomas, but respected her enough to pay homage.

It’s not confirmed, but likely, that Solange took notes from hampton and “QueenS” to create the video for her latest work. As an independent artist with more financial resources and access to mainstream influence, she was able to contract Mickalene for her video, giving the artist more visibility and exposure. It’s a win-win for Thomas, as she continues to receive props from underground and mainstream circles. But what about TheeSatisfaction? If they inspired any part of Solange’s new video, should she publicly acknowledge them as well?

Admittedly, “Losing You” does have some notable differences from “QueenS.” The colors, set and style are similar. However, “QueenS” is an all-ladies video, “Losing You” has girls and guys. Solange’s video also features a game of suck and blow and credits its inspiration from the movie, Clueless.

If Solange is plugged into the underground music scene, she’ll know that many of her supporters and TheeSatisfaction’s fans are talking. If TheeSatisfaction was a muse for “Losing You,” I’m sure they would appreciate a simple nod. Every gesture counts for underground artists building their careers and working to expand their audience.

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