Buzz in 2009: Janelle Monae



While Janelle Monae has been making music for years, 2009 will be the year for her. Earlier in 2008, Janelle Monae inked a deal with P. Diddy and his Bad Boy Records and re-released Metropolis: The Chase Suite (Speciel Edition). Originally, Monae planned to release four "suites" ever so often, tagged with the Metropolis moniker, opposed to releasing a full  length debut. But somewhere along the line, her plans changed, presumably after signing herself off to Bad Boy.

Janelle Monae is now set to release a full length album in 2009's first quarter. Aren't excited yet? Take a listen to some of her stuff. 2008's Metropolis is an amazing seven-song-set and an ubran masterpiece. The Chase Suite is an adventurous robo-Soap Opera that centers around the forbidden love of an android named Cindi who falls in love with a human named Anthony.

Metropolis features Janelle Monae's beautiful singing and funky beats on stellar tracks like "Many Moons" and "Sincerely, Jane." It's hard to categorize this album because it's hard to categorize Monae herself. The best way to describe Janelle Monae might just be to think of a female Andre 3000 who sings as well as he can rap.

With a set like this and Bad Boy's money to back her next album, one can only dream of the possibilities: will Andre 3000 and Janelle Monae share the mic (once again?), will Mark Ronson do some work with her? What about Amy Winehouse?  That has one has been a fantasy of mine for quite a while now, actually.

Here's why she will be big in 2009:

Sincerely, Jane.
Many Moons