Almeda (song)

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"Almeda"
Song by Solange
from the album When I Get Home
GenreChopped and screwed
Length3:56
LabelColumbia
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Solange Knowles
  • Pharrell
  • John Carroll Kirby
  • N. Cobey
Music video
"Almeda" on YouTube

"Almeda" is a song by American singer Solange. It is the ninth track from her fourth studio album, When I Get Home. It features an appearance by rapper Playboi Carti. The song's title is a reference to Almeda, an area of Knowles' home-town of Houston, Texas. The song was written by Solange Knowles, The-Dream and Playboi Carti and produced by Knowles, Pharrell Williams John Carroll Kirby and Nicholas Cobey. The song also serves as the vocal debut[citation needed] for record producer Metro Boomin, who provides additional vocals.[1]

Composition and lyrics[edit]

The song's composition utilizes chopped and screwed, a technique of remixing hip hop music which developed in the Houston hip hop scene in the early 1990s.[2][3]

The song's lyrics reference Houston culture and take pride in the "unwavering" nature of African-American culture. The song's opening lyrics "Pour more drank, drank/Sip, sip, sip, sip, sip" reference the recreational drug purple drank, a mixture that became popular in the hip hop community in the southern United States in the 1990s, originating in Houston.[4][2] The song also references the unisex cologne water Florida Water as a metaphor for the strength of black faith: "Black faith still can't be washed away/Not even in that Florida water." Knowles previously mentioned using Florida Water to wash her hands in a piece she wrote for Dazed in April 2018.[5] She also carried a bottle of the cologne water with her on the red carpet of the Met Gala in May 2018.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Pitchfork praised "Almeda" as the album's "stand-out track" and awarded it Best New Track upon its release.[2] Hunter Harris of Vulture gave the song a glowing review, saying "I want to get married so I can play "Almeda" at my wedding. When I die, play "Almeda" at my funeral. I'm turning this in late to my editor because I'm playing "Almeda" too loud in my room. When I Get Home has other true gems — "Sound of Rain," "Down With the Clique" — but "Almeda" plays with a special alchemy of everything that feels banal, but special."[7] Consequence of Sound gave the song a positive review and named it their Song of the Week.[8]

Music video[edit]

The "Almeda" segment of the film accompanying When I Get Home was released separately to YouTube on March 7, 2019.[9] It features the Fort Worth Water Gardens in Fort Worth, Texas.[10]

At the 36th MTV Video Music Awards the video received three nominations: Best Cinematography, Best Choreography and Best Editing.

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
New Zealand Hot Singles (RMNZ)[11] 18
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[12] 18

References[edit]

  1. ^ "When I Get Home / Solange". Tidal. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Julious, Britt (March 1, 2019). ""Almeda" by Solange Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  3. ^ Patel, Joseph. "Chopped And Screwed: A History". MTVNews.com. Archived from the original on March 11, 2007. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  4. ^ Tamara Palmer (2005). Country Fried Soul: Adventures in Dirty South Hip-hop. Outline Press Limited. p. 188.
  5. ^ Knowles, Solange; Shillingford, Katie; Nickerson, Jackie (April 19, 2018). "Solange: Runaway Bay". Dazed. Retrieved March 3, 2019.
  6. ^ Coughlin, Sara (May 8, 2018). "What You Need To Know About The Spiritual Tool Solange Brought To The Met Gala". Refinery29. Retrieved March 3, 2019.
  7. ^ Harris, Hunter (March 1, 2019). "An Ode to Solange's Best New Song 'Almeda'". Vulture. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  8. ^ Dountz, Brad (March 8, 2019). "Song of the Week: Solange Sits at the Head of the Table on "Almeda"". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved March 9, 2019.
  9. ^ Maicki, Salvatore (March 7, 2019). "Watch Solange's video for "Almeda"". The Fader. Retrieved March 10, 2019.
  10. ^ Johnson, Kaley (March 8, 2019). "Iconic Fort Worth landmark featured in Solange Knowles' new music video". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Retrieved March 10, 2019.
  11. ^ "NZ Hot Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. March 11, 2019. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  12. ^ "Solange Chart History (Bubbling Under Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved March 12, 2019.