The wait for new Solange is almost over.
Beyoncé’s younger sister hasn’t released a collection of new music since 2012’s True, a critically acclaimed collection of nostalgic R&B that she worked on with songwriter and producer Dev Hynes (Carly Rae Jepsen, Sky Ferreira). But in an Instagram post on Friday, which is also her 30th birthday, Solange says she completed the follow-up three days ago. (Though True is often categorized as an EP, Solange refers to her upcoming body of work as her fourth album; other LPs include 2003’s Solo Star and 2008’s Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams.)
The project has been years in the making: Solange writes in the post that she started writing it three years ago and describes it as her “most proud body of work.” Since True, she’s launched her own record label—Saint Heron, which put out a compilation in 2013—and gotten married, to director Alan Ferguson, in 2014. Solange also alludes to her infamous 2014 elevator scuffle with brother-in-law Jay Z, writing that the “world called me crazy [at] 27.”
She writes, “I say all of that to say…don’t eveeer let anyone write your story for you. They can talk, they can doubt, and they can say what they wanna, but only you have the words to narrate this ting we call life.”