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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Janelle Monae unveils 'Tightrope' video

Local neo/future-funk princess Janelle Monae has finally unveiled the official video for "Tightrope," the first single from her upcoming album The ArchAndroid (out May 18 on Wondaland/Bad Boy Entertainment). It. Is. Awesome.

Set in an insane asylum called the Palace of the Dogs whose residents are all inexplicably well-dressed (and also apparently well-schooled in the movement arts), "Tightrope" finds Monae dancing on tables, slithering down hallways and wandering around in the woods. Big Boi does his Big Boi thing, looking here like he just stepped off the set of an Old Navy commercial.

I can't help thinking, hearing Big rap over such a spaceship-funky track and paired with Monae's oddball leanings, that "Tightrope" is as close to a new Outkast track as we might get for some time. Not that Janelle=3000, but you know. Man, imagine if he were on the track, too. It might be the best thing ever. As it stands, it's pretty damn close anyhow.

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