Yoga – Janelle Monáe ft. Jidenna

Ah…the Electric Lady is back, the only person whose concert I’ve ever attended. One of the two people I’ll willingly spend money to buy their music – the other is Imogen Heap, although that list may soon grow to four with Melanie Fiona & Jazmine Sullivan, but I digress.

Anywho, she’s back with a brand new song and it’s very different to her usual music…yes folks it would appear that she’s made an actual booty shaking mainstream song and I like it. There are times I honestly think Ms. Monáe is an evil genius, especially when she appears on interviews – as much as I love the heck out of her music & what she stands for – ol’ girl is one calculated strategist. She preempted the inevitable backlash with an interview before the song was released, and then with lyrics like “I ain’t got no worries, I’m my own private dancer”, “I’m too much of a rebel, never do what I’m supposed to”, “sometimes I’m peachy and sometimes I’m vulgar” and the crowning jewel “you cannot police me, so get off my areola” has basically turned it into a not-so gentle reminder that you shouldn’t ever put here in a box and has also given it a feminist edge to it. Janelle will not stand you telling her what to do.

Of course, the song has its faults – the production could have been better, we’ve heard stunning music from Janelle and her Wonderland Arts Society cohorts, but the production seems a bit lazy. It sounds like Jidenna’s Classic Man, plus the fact both songs share similar synths with Ludacris’ ‘How Low’ bugged me a bit. I’m like a dog with a bone, when I hear something that sounds similar to something I’ve heard, it’s worse when I can’t remember it – it will consume me… I’m still a bit so-so with Jidenna’s verse, it sounds nice, until I listen to it, then I’m like “oh boy you for do better now…” I still haven’t forgiven him for the toga line.

Fortunately, it hasn’t stopped me from listening to it on repeat on YouTube. It’s sticky, sexy & sweet, if this came from Rhianna, it would have been sticky & sexy, but we won’t have believed that it could be sweet.

Could someone please tell my body to stop attempting to dance, it’s really getting embarrassing. Oh and Nigerians, we’re everywhere, Jidenna is indeed of Nigerian descent. Did I just write a review? It appears I just did…

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