Solange appeared on Hot 97’s “Angie Martinez Show” and talked about her new Saint Heron record label, spanking her son Daniel Julez Smith, and using BeyoncÃ© to scare away bullies as a child.
One thing I’ve always appreciated about Solange is that she is very real and candid, which is so interesting considering her sister is ridiculously private.
On the inspiration behind the name Saint Heron:
Saint Heron is a double meaning. I named my label Saint Records.Â And I started Googling black saints.Â Â Saint Heronwas actually an Egyptian martyr and simultaneously I was readingÂ Gil Scott Heron.
On her part-time move to the Big Easy:
I live in New Orleans part-time. I actually blend very well. There’s some characters in New Orleans who walk around in a tin man outfit … Even when they [Jay Z and Bey] were there for Superbowl, we went out to eat a lot and we stayed under the radar. People from New Orleans are extremely prideful. Even if they are kinda curious, they won’t let you know.
On disciplining Julez:
“I really limit what he can have access to. He just got an iPad for Christmas. That was Grandma’s gift. Hell no, he doesn’t have a phone. I feel like moving to New Orleans and putting him in school there was a good move in keeping him humble. He’s around a lot of sweet, nice normal kids. And also around kids who get disciplined.
If he gets completely out of line, I do the three steps. One is the look and talk.Â Two is taking away something of value to him. Three, you need your butt popped.Â You don’t have to do it often, like twice or three times a year.Â And he remembers it.”
On using BeyoncÃ© to get back at a bully in school:
“When I was in 7th or 8th grade, I used the card because there was this one kid who was so obnoxious and was constantly kinda bullying and doing the most. My mom came on a trip as a chaperone and called her the B-word. This kid was out of control. I wrote petitions to get this kid named Brandon out ofÂ school. So one day, and ‘No, No, No Part 2’ had just come out, I did say my sister is gonna come here and you’re going to be really surprised who she is. I kept telling my sister and Â KellyÂ [Rowland], ‘You gotta come check this kid.’ Of course he wasn’t paying any attention to what I had to say. They pulled up and I would never forget the face Brandon made. They were coming to beat him up, he was sick. It was DESTINY’S CHILD coming to beat him up. I loved it so much.”
Ha! Big famous sister to the rescue. How cute. To see more of the interview, including Julez’s emerging rap abilities (bolstered by Uncle Hov, of course), check out the video below.