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Fashion Janelle Monae Music

Janelle Monae Dubbed ‘Girlie Grace Jones’ in GQ Newcomer Spread

Featured in the latest issue of GQ, quirky singer Janelle Monae says of signing with Diddy, “I wanted to work with someone who’d get excited then leave me alone creatively.”

The Atlanta native’s debut EP, Metropolis: The Chase, is also called an “explosion of retrofuturistic funk, a bombastic one-woman sci-fi rock opera,” by the magazine, which also compliments her on having “the looks of a girlie Grace Jones.”

Of her style, which she has picked up from studying footage of James Brown, Buddy Holly, Mick Jagger and Judy Garland, the 23-year-old says, “I just learned how to let my own inner whatever-it-is come out.”

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Ga Ga Janelle Monae Music

Ga Ga: Janelle Monae’s Bad Boy Introduction

Having recently performed at the fourth annual Afro-Punk Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Janelle Monae is heading to the masses with Bad Boy at her side.

The latest addition to the house of Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Bad Boy Entertainment, Monae is a cross between David Bowie, Andy Warhol, Grace Jones and James Brown…we have to give kudos where kudos is due because we loves us some quirk! Diddy recently said that Monae is “one of the most important signings of my career.”

Pre-Bad Boy, Kansas-native Monae hit the Big Apple to study at the prestigious music and theatre conservatory, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. She later relocated to Atlanta, got a cult following, started her own indie label with producers Nate “Rocket” Wonder and Chuck Lightning (Wondaland Arts Society), and released her groundbreaking album, METROPOLIS.

Bad Boy is re-releasing Monae’s sci-fi-themed METROPOLIS project–complete with an alter ego, Cindi Mayweather, and a comic book. Titled Metropolis:The Chase Suite, the re-release is coming out in August, while on the third of that same month, Monae will be performing at Central Park SummerStage in NYC.

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