She’s a mix of Stevie Wonder and David Bowie. Her incredible talent matches her energy performing. She’s young and she’s pretty, she is a Covergirl after all. She has performed with legends like Prince and Erykah Badu. Her audiences range from the President to Saturday Night Live. Despite this, Janelle Monae is still not considered a popular artist.
Monae, while seemingly not mainly popular, she has become one of the most successful R&B artists. She rubs elbows with the likes of Beyonce; she was one Solange’s bridesmaids. Her cover of Shirley Bassey’s Goldfinger for President Barrack Obama was one of the best I’ve heard. She started with a series of albums beginning with Metropolis and leading to the ArchAndroid and last year’s Electric Lady. Before that, Monae was featured on Fun.’s “We are young.” Monae has also worked with artists like Estelle, B.O.B., Big Boi, and Athens’ own Of Montreal.
Back in February, Monae officially started her record label, Wondaland Records, in a deal with L.A. Reid CEO of Epic Records. The label will feature five different acts under Monae’s guidance. Jidenna who collaborated with Monae before, appearing in Monae’s music video for her song Dance Apocalyptic. Deep cotton is made up of Nate Wonder, and Chuck Lighting who were featured on Monae’s album The ArchAndroid. Alex Belle and Isis Valentino form the music duo St. Beauty. Valentino previously provided background vocals for Monae. Completing the label is singer songwriter Roman GianArthur, who wrote the overtures for Monae’s album suites.
The first act of Monae’s Wondaland Society is the release of a collaborative LP featuring all of the performers and Monae herself. The first single released was Jidenna’s “Classic Man” featuring GianArthur. The second was released with its video earlier this week with Monae and Jidenna, “Yoga.” These songs and others will add to complete the LP called the Eephus.
Last week, every social media outlet was blowing up with news of the Justin Bieber Roast on Comedy Central hosted by the comedy king himself, Kevin Hart. Still, the fun didn’t stop there. Kevin wasn’t the only one dissing the young star. Alongside Kevin were celebrities such as Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, Martha Stewart, and Shaquille O’Neal to name a few.
During the roast, some major shade was thrown along with insults that were downright savage. Though it was Bieber’s choice to subject himself to the public humiliation one has to ask, “Where do you draw the line?”
I’m all for a little good-natured abuse; Bieber could use a few stabs to his ego, but some of the jokes were right at that line if not over it.
Nothing good ever goes down once you bring someone’s mother into a roast. Jokes were also directed at the teen heartthrob’s former on and off girlfriend, Selena Gomez, which was to be expected. However, some digs in particular were extremely harsh. I’m sure if you watched the show you know exactly the ones I’m talking about. Furthermore, many jives were just socially insensitive, but I guess we should’ve seen those coming too.
I’ll admit, I laughed A LOT that night. The two-hour program was comical to say the least, but I really have to give props to Bieber. It was clear that some jokes hit him harder than others, but he took them like a champ, nonetheless.
Overall, I was the most impressed by his heartfelt apology at the end of the show for his regrettable behavior in recent years. It seems like the kid is finally growing up.