We gave it an A-
Janelle Monáe possesses a rarely seen kind of creativity, one that allows an artist to convincingly render themselves into a character separate from reality. A former mentee of Prince, Monáe doesn’t merely perform a persona, she embodies it and the worlds in which they reside.
On her 2007 EP Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase), Monáe became her android alter ego, Cindi Mayweather, inviting listeners into an Afrofuturist version of the fantastical Fritz Lang-imagined city that inspired the project. Within this dreamworld, our cultural grievances and triumphs are projected back at us through the lens of magical realism. Monáe’s follow-up studio debut, The ArchAndroid, extended this narrative, showcasing her talent for combining unique visual and emotive elements to build expansive new worlds. Electric Lady performed a similar function, while posing Cindi as something a bit less androi