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Janelle Monáe

Growing up, Janelle Monáe (born Janelle Robinson) felt constrained by the limited resources offered to her in her greater Kansas City, Kansas home. When she finished high school, she moved to New York to attend the American Musical and Dramatic Academy with the intention of pursuing musical theater, but in 2004, after performing in a couple of off-Broadway shows and realizing there weren't roles available to her that she wanted, she moved to Atlanta to try her luck there. She soon joined a band and began touring the local college circuit, where she eventually got in touch with her future partners in Wondaland Arts Society (a collective/label that looked to promote experimental arts) as well as OutKast's Big Boi. The rapper was so impressed by what he heard that of her he put two of her songs on his 2005 compilation Got Purp?, Vol. 2. Monáe also showed up on OutKast's 2006 soundtrack, Idlewild, even appearing in the video for "Morris Brown." In August 2007, Monáe debuted with the first of four planned Metropolis installments, or suites, an EP entitled The Chase, a concept piece revolving around a character named Cindi Mayweather and the year 2719. The album -- which melded cabaret, hip-hop, rock, and soul -- was well received, which helped bring the singer into the radar of Sean "Diddy" Combs. Rumors about a signing were finally confirmed in March 2008, when Diddy announced Monáe as the newest member of his Bad Boy roster. Monáe promised that the move was not going to compromise any of her artistic integrity or creativity. A re-release of The Chase, featuring bonus content, appeared in August 2008. The second and third suites of Metropolis were issued together as components of The ArchAndroid, released in May 2010. It debuted at number 17 on the Billboard 200 and was nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Contemporary R&B Album. "Tightrope" was nominated for Best Urban/Alternative Performance. Additional Grammy nominations came in 2013 for her guest appearance on Fun.'s "We Are Young." September 2013 brought The Electric Lady. Billed as suites four and five, it featured guest appearances from Prince, Erykah Badu, Esperanza Spalding, Solange, and Miguel. ~ Marisa Brown & Andy Kellman
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Janelle Monáe

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Janelle Monáe

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Janelle Monáe

  1.   Song
  2.   Cold War
  3.   Tightrope
  4.   Wondaland
  5.   Yoga by Jidenna
  6.   Primetime by Miguel
  7.   Q.U.E.E.N. by Erykah Badu
  8.   Dance Apocalyptic
  9.   Givin' 'Em What They Love by Prince
  10.   Heroes
  11.   Dance or Die
  12.   Electric Lady by Solange
  13.   Faster
  14.   57821
  15.   Many Moons
  16.   Can't Live Without Your Love
  17.   Time Will Reveal
  18.   What Is Love
  19.   BaBopByeYa
  20.   Suite II Overture
  21.   Lettin' Go
  22.   Violet Stars Happy Hunting!
  23.   Ghetto Woman
  24.   It's Code
  25.   We Were Rock & Roll
  26.   Suite IV Electric Overture
  27.   Come Alive (War of the Roses)
  28.   Locked Inside
  29.   Neon Gumbo
  30.   Violet Stars Happy Hunting!
  31.   Sincerely, Jane.
  32.   We Are Young
  33.   Look Into My Eyes
  34.   Without a Fight
  35.   Say You'll Go
  36.   Mushrooms & Roses
  37.   Mr. President
  38.   March of the Wolfmasters
  39.   Trailer for Metropolis Suite I of Iv: "The Chase"
  40.   What an Experience
  41.   Dorothy Dandridge Eyes by Esperanza Spalding
  42.   Victory
  43.   Cybertronic Purgatory
  44.   Smile
  45.   Make the Bus
  46.   Oh, Maker
  47.   Sir Greendown
  48.   Neon Valley Street
  49.   Good Morning Midnight (Interlude)
  50.   The Chrome Shoppe (Interlude)
  51.   Sally Ride
  52.   Our Favorite Fugitive (Interlude)
  53.   Suite V Electric Overture

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