Janelle Monae

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success... failure... diddy does what diddy does, which is inject diddyness into everydiddything he touches. though jodeci and mary j reflected diddy style, he didn't permeate their output in the same way he did with rappers. but that 'last night' song he did with Keyshia Cole? i don't want him doing new wave-y songs with JMonae in a supporting role...

natlawdp, Monday, 19 May 2008 19:04 (6 years ago) Permalink

Off-topic a bit, but I never made through to the end of "Damaged" until now. As obnoxious and chintzy as most of the song is, the last minute is great, probably because it sounds like something from Press Play.

rev, Monday, 19 May 2008 19:32 (6 years ago) Permalink

we should get yung joc to post here

J0rdan S., Monday, 19 May 2008 19:38 (6 years ago) Permalink

meet me at the borad, it's goin dowwwn

Alex in Baltimore, Monday, 19 May 2008 19:38 (6 years ago) Permalink

i love her.

titchyschneiderMk2, Monday, 19 May 2008 19:50 (6 years ago) Permalink

"Lettin' Go" = all-time jam

rev, Monday, 19 May 2008 19:53 (6 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

anyone heard this seeming grab-bag of pre-spacey songs that's about? (includes 'lettin go', 'time will reveal' and so on.) on wiki it is masquerading as a 2003 album called the audition but i dunno, the whole thing is a bit fishy to me

anyways historical suspicious aside it is quite impressive (on levels i havent thought about too hard yet)! raving about the song 'cindi' would only go and show up my weakness for musicals a bit overfar so check my other jam 'my favourite nothing' instead - it sounds like some passable 'hey ya' shit at first but pay attention to the lyrics cos i don't wanna spoil it

r|t|c, Thursday, 26 June 2008 14:03 (6 years ago) Permalink

(sort of the lol/waaah audio version of that cat w/ no face blog if it's any incentive)

r|t|c, Thursday, 26 June 2008 14:04 (6 years ago) Permalink

3 months pass...

"Many Moons" video is absolutely amazing:

After The Hurricane (The Brainwasher), Wednesday, 1 October 2008 07:51 (5 years ago) Permalink

Full Length Album is coming out January 20th.

After The Hurricane (The Brainwasher), Wednesday, 1 October 2008 07:51 (5 years ago) Permalink

I must say Diddy is doing a pretty good job promoting her... and obviously he's putting a lot into her project because the "Many Moons" video looks like it had a pretty big budget..

After The Hurricane (The Brainwasher), Wednesday, 1 October 2008 07:55 (5 years ago) Permalink

man i've seriously never heard one bad thing about her but i kind of think she's really corny

poetry unit (J0rdan S.), Wednesday, 1 October 2008 07:58 (5 years ago) Permalink

she is laying it on thick in that video

it's really too much

poetry unit (J0rdan S.), Wednesday, 1 October 2008 07:59 (5 years ago) Permalink

Really? What don't you like about her?

I think she is soooo fly... the voice, the music, the lyrics, the style, and if you watch interviews with her she's really intelligent and thoughtful. She's just such a breathe of fresh air, and I love this whole sort of Afro-Futurist aesthetic/movement that she's kind of a part of (along with J*Davey, Sa-Ra, etc.).

After The Hurricane (The Brainwasher), Wednesday, 1 October 2008 08:09 (5 years ago) Permalink

well i actually like the futuristic american bandstand vibe, but i just think she could deal to lay off a bit. it's like when wayne plays the guitar and you just wanna scream WE GET IT BRO. i feel bad hating cuz it's so singular and vibrant and she is obviously having the time of her life hamming it up, it's just gets to a point where it's too much for me

i mean the song is okay but i don't get excited about it the way i don't get excited about solange. it's a nice piece of retro-pop and i'd probably be way more receptive to it if i just heard an mp3 or whatever

poetry unit (J0rdan S.), Wednesday, 1 October 2008 08:15 (5 years ago) Permalink

Muthafuckas act like they forgot about Imani Copolla.

Tim F, Wednesday, 1 October 2008 08:59 (5 years ago) Permalink

3 months pass...

So I'm listening to Metropolis right now and it's making me smile a LOT

Barack You Like A Husseincane (HI DERE), Friday, 23 January 2009 17:31 (5 years ago) Permalink

i <3 JM despite her overplaying the space alien angle at times (esp when the music is not always as imaginative and more conventionally rock). but all i have is the EP. theres must be more out there.

uk grime faggot (titchyschneiderMk2), Friday, 23 January 2009 17:39 (5 years ago) Permalink

I like this girl's voice and ideas, but the songs don't quite live up to them yet.

chap, Friday, 23 January 2009 18:31 (5 years ago) Permalink

titch, sk out "The Audition", her unreleased demo or album or something from 03-ish

The Reverend, Saturday, 24 January 2009 07:15 (5 years ago) Permalink

I take back my earlier comment, 'Sincerely, Jane' is absolutely terrific, and the other tracks on the ep have grown on me as well. Really looking forward to the full album now.

chap, Thursday, 29 January 2009 13:28 (5 years ago) Permalink

5 months pass...

saw her live at bonnaroo, one of the best performers i've ever seen...painted a painting with her hands while singing a creepy ballad, handed it to someone in the audience still singing...climbed up on a bar stool to sing 'smile', had 1000+ sweaty white people in tears

guitar hero sparklehorse (nickalicious), Tuesday, 21 July 2009 20:19 (5 years ago) Permalink

she did a song there called 'atl' that people in the audience were yelling for that isn't on her album?

guitar hero sparklehorse (nickalicious), Tuesday, 21 July 2009 20:19 (5 years ago) Permalink

she's fucking mindblowing live. i'd never heard of her before i saw her open for an act i was seeing in april and i've been a huge fan since...she's such a fucking star. i will say that the jordans of the world who find her corny probably wouldnt have been swayed, it's quite over the top.

k3vin k., Tuesday, 21 July 2009 20:35 (5 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

talking to a friend who works at a club in atlanta:

mce: babysitting janelle monae audition drummers omg kill me
somedude77: hahaha
somedude77: they can't be as annoying as janelle monae herself
mce: no but i have to listen to 20 drummers in a row play over her stupid music
somedude77: lol
somedude77: you have my sympathy dog
mce: its awful. 2 down and 18 to go
mce: oh great her heinous is here
mce: its so gay she made all her people like get dressed up
mce: what a cunt
mce: no wait she sent a clone!
mce: roffles
mce: she's a "representive of janelle monae"
somedude77: hahaha
somedude77: and the representative is dressed up like her?
mce: yes she is wearing what id imagine janelle monae would wear on a saturday morning.
mce: and i do think its her and she lied.

some dude, Saturday, 29 August 2009 15:30 (4 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

rock lobster?

The Brainwasher, Sunday, 25 October 2009 21:59 (4 years ago) Permalink

Such a great voice.

His skin is eroding. His suckers have divots. (chap), Monday, 26 October 2009 02:11 (4 years ago) Permalink

3 months pass...

After a series of sci-fi-soul EPs, funk futurist Janelle Monáe is finally ready to drop her debut album, The ArchAndroid, which is due out May 18 courtesy of Wondaland Arts Society/Bad Boy. According to a press release, the LP is not merely another collection of songs but an "EMOTION PICTURE"

nagl wayne (J0rdan S.), Monday, 15 February 2010 23:29 (4 years ago) Permalink

She sounds like Liza Minnelli to me. I don't get the appeal.

neither good nor bad, just a kid like you (unperson), Tuesday, 16 February 2010 00:22 (4 years ago) Permalink

still love 'many moons' but i can see this chick grating like nellie mckay quick fast

average gangsta rap from average gangstas (deej), Tuesday, 16 February 2010 01:09 (4 years ago) Permalink

She's coming to DC shortly (with the presumed winner of the drummer audition mentioned above)

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 16 February 2010 18:22 (4 years ago) Permalink

I would rather listen to lady gaga than this bullshit

the-fream (Curt1s Stephens), Tuesday, 16 February 2010 18:30 (4 years ago) Permalink

i like what i've heard of janelle a lot.

i hear a lot of her sound in Beyonce's Radio

you have to forgive me (surm), Tuesday, 16 February 2010 18:43 (4 years ago) Permalink

realizing that r&b'ers will be forced to listen to of montreal if they listen to this record ^_^

vag gangsta (k3vin k.), Tuesday, 16 February 2010 18:44 (4 years ago) Permalink

What was the "song of the century" at the top of this thread? The Youtube link's broken and I'd like to hear it!

Chris, Tuesday, 16 February 2010 18:46 (4 years ago) Permalink

I love this woman so fucking much.

Turangalila, Wednesday, 24 February 2010 20:08 (4 years ago) Permalink

i think this new song is kind of missing a chorus -- and comparing it to "1 thing" is pretty much blasphemy in my eyes

suge knight btw (J0rdan S.), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 20:09 (4 years ago) Permalink

it sounds mostly like raphael saadiq throwback soul way more than it sounds like rich harrison

average dump from average gangsters (deej), Thursday, 25 February 2010 00:42 (4 years ago) Permalink

it's definitely not missing a chorus but idg the "1 thing" comparison either

idgi, mon (k3vin k.), Thursday, 25 February 2010 00:49 (4 years ago) Permalink

sounds like james brown schtick with neo-retro production. more than anything it reminds me of that one christina aguilera record, or cupid '369'

rinse the lemonade (Jordan), Thursday, 25 February 2010 01:08 (4 years ago) Permalink

james brown schtick with neo-retro production

That pretty much describes the two tracks I heard from the forthcoming album. She seems to have so much potential, but it's almost like she's trying to be as unoriginal as possible on these two songs. If it weren't so retro maybe I would like it less, but is it really necessary to clobber us over the heads with the retro references?

_Rudipherous_, Thursday, 25 February 2010 01:27 (4 years ago) Permalink

the poster upthread was closer with the liza minelli reference - 'tightrope' et al is twee retro, obviously, but theatrically framed in way that i think is different to its soundalikes. i do agree with the general criticisms here though in terms of it being of tiresomely little use as a single per se, but since nearly everything she's done so far has been album-orientated i'm not taking it as such just yet.

plus the production's pretty admirable for this kinda thing, especially for the second half.

i dunno, monae and her fans can & do often lean toward being pretty annoying, but all things considered there's many worse cases of those same annoyances flourishing in other popular artists that i'd much sooner rather stfu. for the moment, anyway.

r|t|c, Thursday, 25 February 2010 01:57 (4 years ago) Permalink

Plus, even if Tightrope isn't your cup of tea, "Cold War" is straight fire.

Alex in Montreal, Thursday, 25 February 2010 02:06 (4 years ago) Permalink

And ends with a fade out that could lead into Boulevard of Broken Dreams, oddly enough.

Alex in Montreal, Thursday, 25 February 2010 02:06 (4 years ago) Permalink

no, that one actually is dire whatever context you put it in.

r|t|c, Thursday, 25 February 2010 02:12 (4 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

I TIP ON ALLIGATORS
AND LITTLE RATTLESNAKERS

wakaflockapitusberry (The Reverend), Thursday, 1 April 2010 15:20 (4 years ago) Permalink

wakaflockapitusberry (The Reverend), Thursday, 1 April 2010 15:20 (4 years ago) Permalink

BUT I'M ANOTHER FLAVOR SOMETHING LIKE A TERMINATOR

wakaflockapitusberry (The Reverend), Thursday, 1 April 2010 15:21 (4 years ago) Permalink

monae got heat

wakaflockapitusberry (The Reverend), Thursday, 1 April 2010 15:21 (4 years ago) Permalink

I'm very fond of the Prince collaboration – he still sounds great! It's the only song I kept.

the objections to Drake from non-REAL HIPHOP people (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 7 October 2013 16:13 (9 months ago) Permalink

'can't live without your love' is my lone abider... not particularly sure why

r|t|c, Monday, 7 October 2013 16:15 (9 months ago) Permalink

Janelle is super-Broadway; I hear her in the same vein as Heather Hadley and Anika Noni Rose with a 70s sci-fi funk veneer

Bitch Fantastic (DJP), Monday, 7 October 2013 16:20 (9 months ago) Permalink

it's a real good song but the instrumentation means i prob will never shake the feeling that i'm listening to a jingle for royal caribbean

Yeah, kind of. Then you listen for a bit more and realize it's a Bo Diddley song underneath!

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 7 October 2013 16:31 (9 months ago) Permalink

"I want a queer R&B canon so established that it has its own stereotypes, that the next generation of queer brown kids can scoff at and take for granted the way queer white kids often do with the Indigo Girls and Melissa Etheridge"

The Reverend, Monday, 7 October 2013 19:46 (9 months ago) Permalink

So Primetime is officially going to be the next single, which is a great decision. It totally deserves to be a huge hit for them both.

Really nice video, they really are both very watchable

http://youtu.be/Oxls2xX0Clg

Kitchen Person, Friday, 11 October 2013 14:01 (9 months ago) Permalink

"I want a queer R&B canon so established that it has its own stereotypes, that the next generation of queer brown kids can scoff at and take for granted the way queer white kids often do with the Indigo Girls and Melissa Etheridge"

lol – excellent

the objections to Drake from non-REAL HIPHOP people (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 11 October 2013 14:02 (9 months ago) Permalink

i like the last song

rap steve gadd (D-40), Friday, 11 October 2013 14:58 (9 months ago) Permalink

Man, if her albums could sound even remotely as electrifying as she does live, there would be no question about who rules all. She's astonishing in concert!

midnight outdoor nude frolic up north goes south (Eric H.), Wednesday, 23 October 2013 04:53 (9 months ago) Permalink

i agree - must as said up there "Many Moons" might be the best case

forks, where is "letting go" from?

Nhex, Thursday, 31 October 2013 02:24 (8 months ago) Permalink

i like the last song

― rap steve gadd (D-40), Friday, October 11, 2013 10:58 AM (2 weeks ago) Bookmark

best track

J0rdan S., Thursday, 31 October 2013 03:35 (8 months ago) Permalink

lettin' go was on monae's (self published i think?) debut ep but first made the rounds on the purple ribbon all-stars second mixtape which is fucking great.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Got_Purp%3F_Vol._2

there's no camera to capture that yelping moment! (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 31 October 2013 22:28 (8 months ago) Permalink

I love "Prime Time" now. Unconditionally.

the objections to Drake from non-REAL HIPHOP people (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 31 October 2013 22:35 (8 months ago) Permalink

From the same debut/Got Purp, I highly recommend her cover of DeBarge's Time Will Reveal

there's no camera to capture that yelping moment! (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 31 October 2013 22:45 (8 months ago) Permalink

i like the last song

― rap steve gadd (D-40), Friday, October 11, 2013 10:58 AM (2 weeks ago) Bookmark

best track

What even

old homophobic boom bap rap traditionalist (The Reverend), Friday, 1 November 2013 02:08 (8 months ago) Permalink

Interesting that Miguel is the only one of the collaborators on this album with a cowriting credit.

old homophobic boom bap rap traditionalist (The Reverend), Tuesday, 5 November 2013 04:20 (8 months ago) Permalink

I was a bit disappointed how superficial the Prince collab is; he only sings on one verse and does a bit of backing vocals and some extra guitar lines. The song is not bad, but it doesn't sound like a true Prince/Monae collaboration, more like Prince wanted to be on the album, but for whatever reason he couldn't really work with JM on a new tune, so they added his contributions to a pre-existing one. (And since he doesn't get a cowriting credit, the truth is probably not far from that.)

The last song is a jam, yeah. Reminds me of the best tune from the previous album, "Wondaland". I wish the new one would've had more synth-drive android dance tracks like that one, and less tunes with traditional instruments and arrangements. I don't think trad soul is where Janelle Monae's true strengths lie.

Tuomas, Tuesday, 5 November 2013 14:29 (8 months ago) Permalink

naw, the best songs on this album are the gritty funk jams, including the Prince one. I for one am glad he subsumes himself to her whim rather than vice versa. That's actually prob my favorite song on the album.

old homophobic boom bap rap traditionalist (The Reverend), Wednesday, 6 November 2013 04:38 (8 months ago) Permalink

It's all about "Ghetto Woman" for me.

midnight outdoor nude frolic up north goes south (Eric H.), Wednesday, 6 November 2013 04:46 (8 months ago) Permalink

the denouement of "Givin' Em What They Love" is what pushes it completely over the top for me.

old homophobic boom bap rap traditionalist (The Reverend), Wednesday, 6 November 2013 04:57 (8 months ago) Permalink

yes yes yes

the objections to Drake from non-REAL HIPHOP people (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 6 November 2013 11:46 (8 months ago) Permalink

Prince is ideal: he doesn't steal the song so much as sneak in and get comfortable on the couch and slips out when Monae has her erotic breakdown.

the objections to Drake from non-REAL HIPHOP people (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 6 November 2013 11:47 (8 months ago) Permalink

otm

old homophobic boom bap rap traditionalist (The Reverend), Wednesday, 6 November 2013 17:09 (8 months ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

still never listened to this :(

"primetime" is pretty incredible

k3vin k., Monday, 20 January 2014 00:58 (6 months ago) Permalink

^^ agreed. This and "Give'em What They Love" are what I kept, and whenever "Primetime" pops up I don't change it."

Bryan Fairy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 20 January 2014 01:57 (6 months ago) Permalink

i think "Sally Ride" is the sleeper

Nhex, Monday, 20 January 2014 03:47 (6 months ago) Permalink

She retained more of her Pazz & Jop dominance than I thought she would, I figured she'd quietly place outside the top ten

Algerian Horsebeater (some dude), Monday, 20 January 2014 05:19 (6 months ago) Permalink

prophetic

Oscar winner Helen Mirren has been honored as woman of the year by Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals, twerking as part of the traditional spoof roast.
Mirren at first tried to sign the word "twerk," then let slip a curse word, opting to dance instead. She said she's tried to twerk privately in her bedroom and having to do it in public was humiliating.
"I've tried in my bedroom in private, in front of the mirror, very unsuccessfully, so absolutely humiliating to have to do it in public in front of a whole load of people.

a chance to cross is a chance to score (anonanon), Saturday, 1 February 2014 22:03 (5 months ago) Permalink

it was definitely peculiar

Roz, Sunday, 2 February 2014 04:25 (5 months ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

well that wasn't very good

sean gramophone, Wednesday, 2 April 2014 15:38 (3 months ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

free concert in bk was nuts. way more people than they'd let into the bandshell. waited in line two hours, then they closed the doors. hung out at the gates and danced a while. crowd ate up the want you back cover and tightrope was wild af.

wat is teh waht (s.clover), Thursday, 5 June 2014 02:51 (1 month ago) Permalink

Well, I'm glad to know she's alive and well. She cancelled her entire Australian tour because she was hospitalised, and there's been no personal tweets from her since 14 May. Been no info at all as to what was wrong with her, but to cancel a tour spread out over multiple weeks, it must have been pretty bad.

ginuwine's cousin (monotony), Thursday, 5 June 2014 04:19 (1 month ago) Permalink

yikes, sounds like it's good i stayed out

Look at this joke I've recognised, do you recognise it as well? (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 5 June 2014 06:07 (1 month ago) Permalink


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