Our favorite “electric lady” Janelle Monae rocks her signature black on the October/November issue of ‘Uptown’ magazine. In her feature story with Isoul H. Harris, Janelle candidly about her personal life, how she wants to influence the world with her music, and much more.
On misconceptions people have of her:
People think I am so straitlaced and buttoned up. There is a lot of life underneath this tuxedo. I like to have fun. I enjoy practical jokes. I enjoy rolling around the mall in wheelchairs. I enjoy taking someone’s baby and putting it on my hip for about two hours straight and then giving it back.
On working with Prince:
It was a cosmic journey. I met him when I was traveling through the Milky Way. He was in a hovercraft with his little Afro, and was just staring down at me. I was with Erykah, and we were sipping tea. I told him, “I like jelly.” He said, “Okay, so let’s jam!” And he whipped out his guitar.
On wanting her music to change the world:
I want the music to make people burn their cubicles down and then pay for a new cubicle. I want people to not feel afraid to ask for help. Not feel afraid to crawl. Not feel afraid to dance in front of strangers. It’s about shaving your head, saving your hair and never looking back. I want people to do things that they never thought they would do before.
You can read the full cover story here. The October/November issue of ‘Uptown’ magazine hits newsstands next week.