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Saturday, January 19, 2008

Janelle Monae

Okay I know I'm mad late with this here proclamation, but better late than never: Janelle Monae is futuristic old school truth! Blade Runner spliced with Killer of Sheep. Her style is sophisticated polished punk. The love child of Bjork and Andre 3000, her performances are already legendary. I'm talking mega You Tube classics, baby. Originally from Kansas City, Kansas, she was first featured on the Purple Ribbon All-Star's Compilation, Got Purp Volume 2, in 2005 and her song, "Lettin' Go," became an underground cult hit. If Erykah claims to be an analog girl in a digital world, then like Agent Smith in The Matrix, Ms. Monae is the virus that is spreading wildly through both analog and digital ciphers. She exudes edge and individuality and speaks of real life ish with the clarity of someone twice her age. As a result, “Violet Stars Happy Hunting” and "Sincerely Jane," songs off her independently released debut EP Metropolis-Suite I: The Chase, are spreading faster than influenza, making her a real mp3 wunderkind. Of course now that she is poised to blow mad wigs back she signs with Bad Boy Records. I can only hope that this sci-fi thriller keeps flying back to the future, even in Diddy waters, and doesn't face the same maddening fate as Smith did in Revolutions.

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