Friday Night Music: Janelle Monae

I don’t know a lot about R&B or hip-hop, but I know what I like, and since discovering Janelle Monáe a few weeks ago I’ve been well and truly addicted.

In any case, Monáe is almost impossible to pigeonhole. R&B is only the broadest description of her music, which spans a wide variety of styles – jazz, classical, ’70s-esque funk, and more – and all in the service of a science fiction concept story, spanning multiple albums, about a messianic android on the run from the dystopian future society that created her.

She’s a brilliant musician, a proudly knowledgeable sci-fi nerd, a fervent opponent of rigid gender roles – and holy damn, this woman can dance. It’s the complete package!

About Adam Lee

Adam Lee is an atheist writer and speaker living in New York City. His new novel, Broken Ring, is available in paperback and e-book. Read his full bio, or follow him on Twitter.

  • http://stevebowen58.blogspot.co.uk/ Steve Bowen

    “Holy damn this woman can dance”? ! Adam, Adam. OK to be fair we have spent maybe a dozen hours together in meat space, but I can’t imagine you ever saying that for real. But yes … she can though can’t she though?

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/daylightatheism Adam Lee

    What can I say? Sometimes I’m moved to eloquence by transcendent sights. :)

  • Agni Ashwin

    Technically, it’s “Monáe”.


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X