When it comes to artists that we can never get enough of, Janelle Monáe is at the very top of our list. There hasn’t been a single miss on their discography, and every time we learn more about her, we love her even more! Their new album, The Age of Pleasure, is the exact kind of soulful masterpiece you’d expect from Janelle. It focuses on not just self-acceptance but also self-growth. You’re never going to remain the same person throughout your life, but who you grow to be is 100% on you. And Janelle is really encompassing that and so much more with this record.
Monáe primarily wrote this record with their friends. She talked about throwing get-togethers and having her friends all sit down to write a set number of songs at each event. We can’t even imagine the energy in the room every time one of these writing seshes happened! This writing style shines through in the way that this record makes you feel. It’ll have you hip rocking, head bobbing, and having personal introspective moments at the same time. And you can catch Janelle bringing this masterpiece and her other hits to life on her The Age Of Pleasure Tour this fall!
This record exists because Janelle has spent countless hours prioritizing herself. In a recent interview with Zane Lowe, they spoke about the best advice she received during her friendship with Prince:
Cut it down in half. That’s what Prince would say to his band. He would be like, sometimes when people have jitters or nervous or whatever, they play too fast or they’re talking fast. He’s like, “Cut everything down in half.” And I take that approach in life, cut it down in half. Sometimes you have to say no. Sometimes you’ll miss out on opportunities that you think could have taken you to the next level.
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