It’s been two weeks since Janelle Monáe released her second album The Electric Lady. Here are just five of the reasons why the album is dope and needs to be copped.
Prince: That is all.
Sounds of Yester-years: Monáe’s sound and image have been described as futuristic. While that still holds true on this album she also manages to combine some old school energy. Monáe finds a way to channel some of her idols like Prince and Stevie Wonder in an awesome fusion of retro and modern uniqueness. Most artists today don’t know how to pay homage without sounding like a knockoff; Monáe finds that perfect balance between adoration and inspiration.
Collaborations: Technically Prince should fall under here but he’s Prince, so he gets his own number. Okay. It seems as most albums today are littered with collaborations, most of which are simply done in chase of chart position. As a result, we have been getting some rushed and subpar music. But he collabs on Electric Lady feel authentic. Monáe tapping Solange and Esperanza Spalding doesn’t feel like a marketing ploy but like sincere music.
Words: Turn on the radio today and it seems like the lyrics to songs are the last thing thought of when creating. Contrary to popular belief, there are still artists who actually pay attention and cares about the words that rides the beat. The statement from the lead single “Q.U.E.E.N” in which she unapologetically says; “Even if it makes others uncomfortable, I will love who I am,” really set the tone for the album and is so affirming and confirmed from the first to the last note.