Another Janelle Monae cover yet again. The singer looks retro chic in monochrome on the latest issue of Billboard Magazine, with her hair fashioned in a quiff up do and bold red lips. The singer chats about her success, and her upcoming album ‘Electronic Lady’ a sophomore to her smash hit debut, ‘Archandroid’. The singer reveals the stellar collaborations she has on it with artistes such as Erykah Badu, Miguel and wait for it, legend Prince.
She said, ‘We are great friends, and he is a mentor to us, to me. It’s a beautiful thing to have a friend — someone who cares about your career, and wants to see you go far and to push boundaries and shake up the world — give whatever they possibly can to the cause.
I had a chance to produce an icon. 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. I can’t say too much else about it.’
As for her latest single, ‘Q.U.E.E.N’ featuring Erykah Badu, off her sophomore album, she said ‘I feel like there are constant parallels with me as a woman, being an African-American woman, to what it means for the community that people consider to be queer, the community of immigrants and the Negroid-the combination between the ‘N’ and the android. All of us have very similar fights with society and oppressors, with those who are not about love, who are more about judging. There are two different types of people: Some people come into this world to judge, some people come into this world to jam. Which one are you? It’s a question we should all ask ourselves. My job is to create art that starts a dialogue, to create songs and lyrics that ask society these questions, by using myself as a sacrificial lamb.’.
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She also added, ‘My goal wasn’t to be the most famous person overnight — it was to make music on my own terms, develop myself and understand if my words were necessary to young people like myself and to make my family proud.’