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Janelle Monae - The Electric Lady (Suites IV & V)

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Video for Q.U.E.E.N. speaks for itself really...

Loved everything from Archandroid to the Metropolis Suite, to her appearence on (otherwise patchy) Outkast Idlewild soundtrack.

New album this year.

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The last minute of this is bloody wonderful

"Are we a lost generation of our people?
Add us to equations but they'll never make us equal.
She who writes the movie owns the script and the sequel.
So why ain't the stealing of my rights made illegal?
They keep us underground working hard for the greedy,
But when it's time pay they turn around and call us needy.
My crown too heavy like the Queen Nefertiti
Gimme back my pyramid, I'm trying to free Kansas City.
Mixing masterminds like your name Bernie Grundman.
Well I'm gonna keep leading like a young Harriet Tubman
You can take my wings but I'm still goin' fly
And even when you edit me the booty don't lie
Yeah, keep singing and I'mma keep writing songs
I'm tired of Marvin asking me, "What's Going On?
March to the streets 'cuz I'm willing and I'm able
Categorize me, I defy every label
And while you're selling dope, we're gonna keep selling hope
We rising up now, you gotta deal you gotta cope
Will you be electric sheep?
Electric ladies, will you sleep?
Or will you preach?"
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Oh man, I'm so relieved that I like this. I was so into the Archandroid I had it on constant rotation for months. I feared that any new stuff would automatically be disappointing in comparison. But glory be! It's good!

Really looking forward to the new album now.

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Janelle Monáe brought the funk with her “Q.U.E.E.N.” collaboration with Erykah Badu, but that’s not the only superstar guest on her sophomore album. The Wondaland Arts Society leader also holds court with Prince and Miguel on The Electric Lady

According to Billboard, Monaé’s first album in three years will feature jazz (“Dorothy Dandridge Eyes”), pop-punk (“Dance Apocalyptic”), gospel (“Victory”), and ballads (“Primetime”).
She also has a song with the legendary Prince. “I had a chance to produce an icon,” Monáe told the magazine. “It’s not every day that he collaborates. I’m honored and humbled that he trusted me. He is forever my friend, and I am forever indebted.”

Prince!?! Wow.

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