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R&B - Released May 17, 2010 | Bad Boy - Wondaland

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R&B - Released September 6, 2013 | Bad Boy - Wondaland

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Soul - Released April 27, 2018 | Bad Boy Records

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"Yoga" was an ostensibly minor part of the Janelle Monáe discography by the arrival of Dirty Computer. Three years old and outshined by another Wondaland release, Jidenna's "Classic Man," it nevertheless became Monáe's first single to hit the Billboard Hot 100. That Monáe hadn't previously hit the chart as a headliner was further evidence of a flawed industry, given that she and primary collaborators Nate Wonder and Chuck Lightning had been making songs with pop appeal for nearly a decade. "Yoga" did show that Monáe was more open to messing with contemporary trends. Moreover, the song's humanized, sexually uninhibited, and anti-authoritarian qualities -- she was earthbound, celebrating her body, asserting "You cannot police me" -- also indicated the course she has taken with her third album. Oddly enough, "Make Me Feel," the one Dirty Computer track on which Monáe employs a wholly pop songwriting team including Julia Michaels, Justin Tranter, and Mattman & Robin, is the funkiest and friskiest number here, clearly influenced by the late (and uncredited) Prince. Monáe and her trusty Wondaland partners, the album's dominant creative force, colorfully twist and flip new wave-leaning pop with booming bass drums and rattling percussion. They transmit powerful and defiant jubilance in response to "wack ass fuckboys everywhere (from the traphouse to the White House) who make the lives of little brown girls so damn hard," among dozens of other inspirations Monáe acknowledges in the essential liner notes. Almost every track is densely packed with quotables delivered in approaches that shift from easygoing elegance to hard-fought, triumphant conviction. The latter approach yields the album's apex, "Django Jane," in which Monáe raps throughout with inhuman precision, threatening a pussy riot, declaring "We ain't hidden no more," and uplifting the "highly melanated" while dropping some of the set's few sci-fi allusions, "Made a fandroid outta yo' girlfriend" among them. Not to be lost in all the power moves are indirect and direct references to a romantic relationship -- another form of dissent -- referenced and explored throughout, from the glowing "Crazy, Classic, Life" through the fiery "So Afraid," the only moment of emotional fragility. While this is easily the most loaded Monáe album in terms of guests, with Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, and Grimes among the contributors, there's no doubt that it's a Wondaland product. It demonstrates that artful resistance and pop music are not mutually exclusive. ~ Andy Kellman
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Soul - Released October 7, 2016 | Bad Boy - Wondaland

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Trumpeting again and again that she is Prince’s musical heir, what was bound to happen did happen: Janelle Monáe got his majesty from Minneapolis to feature on the second track of her second album! But beyond this tremendous feat (to which we could also add the flamboyant collaborations with Erykah Badu, Esperanza Spalding and Solange Knowles), one must not lose sight of a most essential point: this album truly is the Mount Everest of soul, R&B and modern funk. Three years after The ArchAndroid, her impressive concept album that immediately put her on the map of contemporary groove, Janelle Monáe has crafted a flamboyant follow-up. Far from the straightforward and often way-too-sweet canons of contemporary R&B, the artist from Kansas carefully hones her melodies, her style and her prose. Less experimental and eclectic than its predecessor, this second opus can be enjoyed over time and reasserts her position as a major player in contemporary soul music. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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R&B - Released February 22, 2018 | Bad Boy Records

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R&B - Released August 12, 2008 | Bad Boy Records

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Soul - Released April 27, 2018 | Bad Boy Records

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Pop - Released January 1, 2014 | MSC Sounds, Inc.

R&B - Released August 31, 2010 | Bad Boy - Wondaland

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R&B - Released April 16, 2018 | Bad Boy Records

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R&B - Released February 22, 2018 | Bad Boy Records

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Pop - Released March 31, 2015 | Wondaland Records - Epic

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Dance - Released July 20, 2010 | Bad Boy - Wondaland

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Dance - Released April 6, 2018 | Bad Boy Records

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R&B - Released February 25, 2014 | Bad Boy - Wondaland

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R&B - Released April 10, 2018 | Bad Boy Records

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Dance - Released September 3, 2013 | Bad Boy - Wondaland

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Dance - Released August 24, 2018 | Bad Boy Records

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Dance - Released November 9, 2018 | Bad Boy Records

R&B - Released June 21, 2010 | Bad Boy - Wondaland

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