We love this chick!
As she prepares to drop her highly anticipated fourth studio album, Electric Lady, 27-year-old Janelle Monae is featured on dual covers of VIBE Vixen this month. In the cover story, she opens up about her personal style, sexuality, and recent self-revelation. Some highlights are below. For the full story and photos, check out vibevixen.com:
“An android is my preference—two androids and a cyborg. I’m someone who sees your spirit and soul. I love passionate androids; one that knows exactly what it’s going to do in life. I love smart androids, idealists, leaders, but good followers. Androids that are compassionate, honest, can make me laugh, knows how to handle an Electric Lady and supports an Electric Lady’s dreams, and wings when it’s time to fly.”
Wait… She lost us there. 2 Androids and a Cyborg? Is that like a polyamorous situation or something? Janelle we need you to esplain!!!
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On a Potential Rap Album:
“I love rap music, I love hip hop—not it all—but I will say I use rap as a way to communicate. Singing and performing is a way to get across this urgency that I often want to get across in my music. I wrote the rap for Q.U.E.E.N. faster than the lyrics.”
Q.U.E.E.N is our isht! We wish Janelle was more enthusiastic about rapping cuz Lord knows we need some talent in that female rap category but we get it.
“When the time is right. Everything is about timing. Right now, I’m giving birth to this album, the Electric Lady. I feel like I need Erykah Badu because she is a midwife and it’s time to push this baby on out. It is one I’m ready to go out in this world and change lives and do something great for our community.”
That’s what we like to hear.
On Her “Dance Apocalyptic” Makeover:
“I was inspired to create a female rock star. I love creating historic Electric Ladies. I think an Electric Lady isn’t to be marginalized. As the narrator and creator of these characters, I have lived by not making myself a slave to my own interpretations of who I am or a slave to anybody’s interpretations of who I am. I think expressing yourself through video and art is another form of communication; a way of rewriting history and putting these women—strong, powerful, bold women—out there.”
Gotta love Janelle. Will you be picking up this issue?