Saturday, June 08, 2013

Janelle Monae on the Cover of Billboard

As a singer, songwriter, producer, performer and fashion icon, Monáe is one of the most unique mainstream musicians America has seen in years, and "The Electric Lady" co-produced with two of Wondaland's artists, psych-punk act Deep Cotton and soul composer Roman GianArthur -- underscores that her personal compass is worth trusting. On April 23 she released lead single "Q.U.E.E.N.," a freaky funk jam with Erykah Badu, with the accompanying video garnering more than 4 million YouTube views in a week. (The track has sold 31,000 copies, according to Nielson SoundScan.) No small feat for a clip that promotes guerrilla art, critiques institution, advocates self-love and features coded language from the vogue scene ("ooh, she's serving face") in the first bar, before ending with a pro-equality rap referencing sci-fi author Philip K. Dick. There's always something deeper going on in a Monáe song.


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