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Something New For Your Ears: Janelle Monae

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Eccentricity, talent, versatility, what more could one ask for on their road to success? How about a feature on the hottest song in America?

It’s the graceful warbling of Janelle Monàe alongside fun. on the top-selling track of 2012, “We Are Young”.

Last year, Monàe released her debut single “Tightrope” feat. Outkast’s Big Boi, who’s been a major factor in her development since discovering the New Yorker in Atlanta more than six years ago. In 2006, with help from Daddy Fat Sacks, Monàe was reconnected with her New York roots when Diddy signed her to Bad Boy records.

Since signing Monàe, her lady-suits and her alter ego Cindi Mayweather have built quite the cult following, keeping her booked for shows and boasting her over 250,000 followers on Twitter.

Monàe is set to embark on a major tour and release two albums this year. Look out for her on your favorite artists’ next feature, perhaps with a smash single of her own.

This acoustic version of “We Are Young” below will give  you a higher respect for Monàe and her vocal ability.

- Nick Nuk’em, 97.1 AMP Radio

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