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After just releasing her single “Primetime” featuring Miguel, covers the latest issue of VIBE VIXEN where she dishes about her upcoming album The Electric Lady (September 10th). Inside her interview she expresses, what it means to be an “Electric Lady” saying, “An electric lady is quirky, unafraid, epic and ‘nicety’—that’s when you’re being nice and nasty, noble and naughty, all at the same damn time.”
When discussing how life has changed since she entered the music business, Janelle said,
“I’ve evolved. When you realize it’s your responsibility to be a leader and create the world that you want to see, you have to do it. It’s my responsibility to create music and come up with ideas that keep my community first.”
On having kids: “When the time is right, everything is about timing. But, right now I’m giving birth to this album.”
On being an artist: “I was inspired to create a female rock star. 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 your interpretations or anybody’s interpretations of who I am.”
Pardon me while I get giddy with dance apocalyptic joy…(lol) and sorry for the grainy cover art… no one seems to have a pristine visual!! Grrr….
Janelle Monae has been teasing The Electric Lady, the follow-up to her stellar 2010 debut album The ArchAndroid since 2011; I’ve been listening to this album for 2 years and still can’t get enough. Just speaks to me as an artists goes so hard! When the Janelle said that “84.799 percent of the writing is done” and she would release them “according to my soul clock." In July…well thee alarm for said soul clock has gone off; prompting Monae to announce a September 10th release via Instagram. Now she has unveiled the cover art and track-listing for the two-disc yes 2 disc (!) set, which includes awesome appearances by Prince, Erykah Badu, Miguel, and Solange! Is it just me? Or are you dancing apocalyptic, too? (lol)
We have already heard “Q.U.E.E.N.,” Janelle Monae’s duet with thee soul queen herself Erykah Badu, and the wildly enthusiastic “Dance Apocalyptic.” Solange now jumps on “Electric Lady,” a track Monae debuted more than a year ago solo at the Toronto Jazz Fest, while Prince appears on a track called “Givin Em What They Love.” Prince is no stranger to Monae’s work. The Sexy in Purple One remixed “Q.U.E.E.N.,” one of SPIN Magazines 40 Best Songs of 2013 So Far, and even included Monae in his list of favorite current musicians to V Magazine. (Lianne La Havas and Esperanza Spalding also made the list for you whom need more).
Disc 1 1. “Suite IV Electric Overture” 2. “Givin Em What They Love” feat. Prince 3. “Q.U.E.E.N.” feat. Erykah Badu 4. “Electric Lady” feat. Solange 5. “Good Morning Midnight (Interlude)” 6. “PrimeTime” feat. Miguel 7. “We Were Rock & Roll” 8. “The Chrome Shoppe (Interlude)” 9. “Dance Apocalyptic” 10. “Look Into My Eyes”
Disc 2 11. “Suite V Electric Overture” 12. “It’s Code” 13. “Ghetto Woman” 14. “Our Favorite Fugitive (Interlude)” 15. “Victory” 16. “Can’t Live Without Your Love” 17. “Sally Ride” 18. “Dorothy Dandridge Eyes” feat. Esperanza Spalding 19. “What an Experience”
Leaving you this Sunday night to get ready for the new week ahead. This song (one of my favs off of their awesome album released last week) 'It's Gonna Get You' is definitely a song of hope, not to let your talent/gifts be used or abused and to LIVE YOUR DREAMS!
Don’t do it because you believe it’s too far from your grasp. You have to live your life and pursue your dreams! Never give up, never stop, be true to yourself and don’t let anyone useyour gifts! I know first hand how your artistry can be abused or taken for granted. Be sure to keep true and honest people around you. Always Love Live and Laugh!