Aug 23, 2013

Roots & Rhythm: Janelle Monae - "PrimeTime"

One of our favorite ladies is coming to Nashville!  Janelle Monae is going into overdrive in preparation for the release of The Electric Lady on September 10.  In addition to tour dates, she also released the official audio for her new single, "PrimeTime" featuring Miguel this week.  The first ballad we've heard from this project, Monae and Miguel deliver sweet, romantic lyrics against a smooth sound with a slight rock edge that reminds me of Prince.

With no video for the single yet, Ms. Monae went with a soft French braid that holds her signature silhouette with funky accessories for the cover art.  The shape of Janelle's hair is mirrored by Miguel's cut just as the beauty of her voice reflects his.

Janelle Monae in "Special Education" by Goodie Mob.
As she continues to give us more balance in her look, Janelle opted for her classic look for her feature on Goodie Mob's latest release "Special Education" from their highly anticipated album, Age Against The Machine.  Janelle was the perfect choice to deliver the chorus,
"I don't wear the clothes you wear.  I'm just different and I don't care.  It's kind of sad and it's a shame.  Everyone wants to be the same. If you are listening here and now, I'm sure I can show you how.  Its okay to be afraid.  Don't you want to be special?"
The video is set in school and each member of Goodie Mob and Janelle Monae reflect with a younger version of themselves and little Janelle does not disappoint.  This song gave Janelle another opportunity to assert her message from The Electric Lady, which she kicked off with "Q.U.E.E.N."

Little Janelle Monae in "Special Education" by Goodie Mob.
She is definitely on a mission to inspire authenticity and this track reminded me she is a member of the Dungeon Family, where creative and unique vibes reign supreme.  The unique style of The Dungeon Family helped open the door to the South and Janelle is walking right on in.

Janelle Monae will be here in Nashville at The Ryman Auditorium on Sunday, November 17, well after the release of the upcoming project.  Her tour will be in full swing and her energy is sure to be out of control.

Are you going to the show?  Let us know!
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