The Electric Lady Janelle Monàe and the soulful Robin Thicke teamed up for VIBE magazine’s Summer 2013 issue.
The pair, all decked out in black and white, graced the cover to help celebrate the mag’s 20th anniversary. While the two singers may not have much in common, they’ve shared with VIBE’s editor, Shanel Odum, just how much they understand each other:
ON HOW THE TWO DEFINE MUSIC:
ROBIN THICKE: I think what Janelle and I represent is boundaryless music. There is no one way to define her or what she does. And if you listen to my album, it’s the same thing. Sometimes I’m rockin’ out, sometimes it’s soul, sometimes there’s some bossa nova. Her and I are products of the generations of funk, soul, rock ’n’ roll—and then hip-hop coming into the mix—all becoming what this new generation is. We don’t want to be defined. We don’t want to be pigeonholed.
JANELLE MONÁE: One of the things I always say is, ‘Categorize me and I’ll defy every label.’ I think we just love great music. I think regardless, if Mick Jagger is doing it, or Stevie Wonder, or Prince, or somebody at church, that’s the soul. I think that we both represent a very diverse palette for music.
Check out some of the behind the scene photos in the gallery up top. Want more from the interview? Head on over to VIBE.