Well, I wanted to have another Janelle Monaé song of the day, but even though I’ve been listening to her stuff pretty non-stop the last couple of days, I do need to change and grow, I know it…
So, here’s a track from another mutant funk android:
Prince, particularly in his first few albums, bears a lot of similarities to Janelle Monaé—both have a mind-blowing, genre-bending sound that seemed to come out of nowhere, driven always by a deep funkiness, and a commitment to performing identities with real verve and theatricality, and some amazing dance moves.
A key part of the Prince mythos has always been the fact that he wrote pretty much all his material, played all the instruments, handled the production himself, etc.—a one-man show. Monaé, in contrast, is enmeshed in a high-powered production machine, but it also looks like she has the brains and talent to do it all herself if her career can go in that direction.
The fact that her stuff is so original, so sui generis, so different from what we usually get from Big Boi and P Diddy suggests both that she may have somehow managed to maintain a high degree of autonomy and control, and also that she really could do it herself, if she broke from whatever contractual obligations she has. Of course, she may not be interested in that, may prefer to leave a large range of tasks to the machine she is part of (and how appropriate is that for a cyber-girl), the better to concentrate on what moves her: dancing up on them haters, for instance.
More… (more, more, more / how do you like it, how do you like it)
- Dirty Mind – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
- Prince Dirty Mind (remastered and expanded) – Download from mediafire.com – Filestube.com.
- Prince – Amazon.com
- Prince – Discography (Complete Official, MP3/AAC) (download torrent) – ThePirateBay.