#7-JANELLE MONAE-The ArchAndroid (Bad Boy)

Acclaimed as the female heir of Prince for her stylistic eclecticism, the first album of the Kansas City vocalist amazed everyone. A thematic follow-up to her debut EP telling the story of her alter ego Cindy Mayweather, an android living in a future where love is forbidden and revolution looming; Monáe revealed herself as a true renovator of the best soul, a real exception in the stereotyped-filled world of Today’s urban music. Her live shows also confirmed the strength of her talents. P. Diddy welcomed her in his label; Big Boi brought his rhymes to the first single ‘Tightrope’; Saul Williams his radical poetry and even the Prince of Minneappolis gave his seal of approval by inviting her to be the opening act on his latest tour.

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