Elle | The musical stylings of Janelle Monae

January 30, 2014

Source: Elle — February 2013 | Kathryn Hudson

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“I have a responsibility to my community,” she says at the next. “I have a responsibility to tell the universe a story in an unforgettable way,” she says again. The ArchAndroid certainly told a mesmerizing story.

Inspired by far-out theorists like Ray Kurzweil, Monae used sci-fi imagery as a metaphor for the African-American experience and created a trippy, captivating musical message of “coming together and creating something that represents imagination and acceptance.” [...]


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