Eccentric soul singer Janelle Monae (whose futuristic second studio album ‘The Electric Lady’ has become my daily soundtrack as I scour for pearl-clutching fuckery) ditches her classic fitted tuxedo and matching saddle shoes in favor of a more glam look for the latest issue of Uptown Magazine. Haute!
Continue reading to find out what the Kansas City native had to share with the publication and to peep the quirky cover.
On the biggest misconception about her: ”People think I am so straitlaced and buttoned up. There is a lot of life underneath this tuxedo. I like to have fun. I enjoy practical jokes. I enjoy rolling around the mall in wheelchairs. I enjoy taking someone’s baby and putting it on my hip for about two hours straight and then giving it back.”
On meeting Erykah Badu: “We met underwater. She was the Queen of the Water and I was swimming. We would perform and talk about what kind of popcorn and hotdogs we like.”
Her thoughts about the impact of record sales: “When you release your first album, record sales are important. But now, I don’t really care. I feel like this music is from God and I am the pastor that does not need a mega-church. I am fine with my 200-seat church, as long as the people that need it come and get inspired. I know what I could do to be amongst the popular crowd.”
On decoding her complicated lyrics: “I realized that I was over-complicating things at one point. I told myself, ‘You don’t have to do that.’ I was getting the sense that I was talking over people’s heads. Just like Erykah Badu sings, ‘What good do your words do/If they can’t understand you?’
On Diddy’s role in her career as a ‘professional slapper’: “He is the ambassador and protector of the jam. He makes sure that our ideas get out into the world. He is not involved creatively. He is the spokesperson for corporations when it’s time to talk business. When we don’t want to have conversations with suits, he goes in and slaps people for us. He is our highest professional slapper. He slaps anyone that tries to mess up the jam.”
The October/November issue of Uptown Magazine arrives at newsstands next week.