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Making it up with Janelle Monae

Janelle Monae’s record, the ArchAndroid, has something for everyone. Now, by this, I don’t mean she’s some sort of musical Wal-Mart. It’s more that she’s one of those hyper-achievers who do every possible thing well, but haven’t let that fact get in the way of her making a deeply moving masterpiece. The ArchAndroid is produced by Sean Combs and Big Boi, which means that every other copy-writing intern brain-dead from Old Monk and pot automatically says she’s R&B. This tells you nothing. Monae is probably more R&B than not, but saying that is like saying the Beatles are more rock ‘n’ roll than not.

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