Soul diva Janelle Monáe covers VIBE Vixen’s new issue.
The Electric Lady album, which will drop on September 10th, she opened up to Vibe Vixen and its readers about her music, any men (ahem, androids) in her life, and what’s on the horizon.
Her new album is a hodgepodge of electric heavy-hitters, including Prince, Esperanza Spalding, Miquel, and Solange, and delves further into the exploits of Cindi Mayweather, the android heroine of her first EP Metropolis.
Check out some highlights below:
On whether she’d release an all-rap mixtape:
“I’m flattered that people wonder that,” she says, smiling. “I love rap music, and I love hip-hop. I use rap as a way to communicate [and tell a story]. Yes, I will keep that in my thoughts.”
On changing her look for the “Dance Apocalyptic” video:
“I was inspired to create a female rock star. I think an electric lady isn’t to be marginalized. As the narrator and creator of these characters, I have lived by not making myself a slave to my own interpretations of who I am or a slave to your interpretations or anybody’s interpretations of who I am.”
On what she looks for in a lover:
““An android is my preference,” Janelle says coyly. “Two androids and a cyborg. I’m someone who sees your spirit and soul. I love passionate androids; one that knows exactly what it’s going to do in life. I like an android who knows how to handle and support an electric lady’s dreams and wings when it’s time to fly.”
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