Interview: Janelle Monae, the Electric Lady


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Janelle Monae's new record, The Electric Lady, is out now via Wondaland Arts Society. (Paste Magazine)
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I want people to know that like not only is he [Prince] this incredible, this consummate artist and musician but he takes the time out to talk to the next generation of artists.
— Janelle Monae

Before her incredible live performance at the new Skyway Theater, we were fortunate enough to have Janelle Monae stop by The Current studios. Listen to the interview to hear her chat with Mark Wheat about living in the Twin Cities as a child, her collaboration with Prince and the secret to the live presentation of her unfinished seven part anthology.

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