Could Janelle Monae be the new Prince?

in janelle •  2 years ago 

Full disclosure - I have been a Janelle Monae fan for almost 10 years. Two things immediately struck me about her:

  1. Her music didn't sound like anything else out there. She very clearly took her musicianship seriously while at the same time nailing the pop sensibility that made her songs danceable, sing-alongy, and irresistable

  2. She had a look that was (intentionally cultivated as) not from this world. Her first full length album was called ArchAndroid implying she's an androgynous android robot

Here she is back then:

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In the last few years Janelle has starred in movies (Hidden Figures and Moonlight), launched her own record label (Wondaland Records) that launched new artists like Jidenna, and has become an outspoken voice for female empowerment.

Janelle today:

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As Monae is about to release her biggest album "Dirty Computer," I am starting to think she's the modern day Prince. Here's my take:

i) She's an androgynous mystery. Her sexuality is ambiguous and she lives her life outside the norms

ii) Her musical output, while less prolific than Prince's , is fresh and different from anything else out there. Her concerts are James Brown-esque and it's hard not to dance when her joint starts playing

iii) Her newest song "Make Me Feel" is a Prince homage done in a way the purple one would definitely dig

iv) Janelle is gorgeous, but like Prince she looks more like a perfectly sculpted doll than a human. One wonders how it's possible for her to be real

If nothing else, I hope this post gets you to check out Janelle's music. She's awesome

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@akruglov, let me be the first to welcome you to Steemit! Congratulations on making your first post!

I gave you a $.05 vote!

Would you be so kind as to follow me back in return?

Thank you :)

I'll need to check her out! I'm hoping that I can find more content around music suggestions, including Spotify playlists @akruglov Maybe you can start a weekly featured artist :) ?

A weekly featured artist is a great idea! Yes, I can do that :) Unfortunately I am the weirdo who uses Apple Music and not Spotify so not that easy to share playlists :(

Do you feel that the illuminati will do to Monae like they did to Prince?

Good question. There's an argument that lately she's been messing with the heteronomal hierarchy even more than Price had. Praying her runs goes on for a looooong time. She does seem clean. Then again, so did Prince

Cool, I'll check her out. Welcome to steemit!

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