The High Funkstress of Fierceness Janelle Monae made her network television debut last night on the Late Show With David Letterman. Monáe's new album The ArchAndroid dropped yesterday and her jazz, funk and gospel fused arrangement was just as amazing as the performance—which ended with her spinning around, taking off her jacket and donning a cape a la James Brown.
In other Janelle Monáe news: The Atlanta-based singer will tour with Erykah Badu and Pharrell Williams' N.E.R.D. Read the reviews at ArjanWrites and Creative Loafing. Also: The Atlantic is hosting a week-long virtual discussion on all things Janelle Monáe.
Alyssa Rosenberg writes today:
"[Monáe] really does feel to me like an entirely different generation. Part of it is her highly realized, mature aesthetic, a tuxedo she considers a uniform paired with science-fiction imagery and themes: her music is rooted even farther in the future than the time she's actually operating in. And part of that sense comes from the confidence Monáe and her Atlanta contemporary, the rapper B.o.B., whose first album, B.o.B. Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray, dropped just weeks before The ArchAndroid, both project."
Monáe is signed to Sean Combs' Bad Boy label and Didy was behind stage during the performance. Letterman coaxed him to come out, watch the performance WHEN YOU JUMP ....