Janelle Monáe is the woman behind the music but as a performer she is known as Alpha Platinum 9000 android Cindi Mayweather, the heroine of her extravagant creation. Make no mistake, this is not an alter ego, Monáe insists this android is real and the issues that Monáe approaches are definitely relative to this world.
Native to Kansas, Monáe moved to New York to find fame and fortune only to settle in Atlanta where the biggest of boys—Big Boi of Outkast and Sean “P Diddy” Combs—took notice of this captivating songstress.
According to her website, Monáe signed with Bad Boy Records in a deal that Diddy claims is “one of the most important signings of [his] career.” He continues, “There is no doubt in my mind that Janelle is the kind of artist that changes the game. She is a true visionary, with an original sound and a mesmerizing presence. I can’t wait to watch her future unfold.”
This “change” that Diddy speaks of is a little movement by the name of The Wondaland Arts Society founded by Monáe and two fellow Atlanta musicians, Chuck Lightning and Nate “Rocket” Wonder. The society is described as “an independent record label and mystery school that designs capes for superheroes and art for aliens.”
Monáe’s album Metropolis: The Chase Suite is a testament to her unique approach to the music industry. In response to the ipod generation—listening to playlists instead of entire albums—The Wondaland Arts Society has resolved with a “suite” release decision. Monáe’s album will be released quarterly to keep her fans interested and to have new material for the playlist. Genius.
Her soulful pipes and high-energy dance moves have us believing whatever she wants to sell us on, android or alien, we don’t want this adventure to be over anytime soon.