Janelle Monae walks a funky 'Tightrope' with Big Boi

What’s not to like about “Tightrope,” the brand-new single from Diddy/OutKast protegée Janelle Monae? It’s a wildly catchy future-funk workout, led by a jumpy walking bassline and featuring a characteristically suave guest verse from OutKast’s Big Boi. Monae has always had style and out-there ambition to spare, but “Tightrope” works better as an undeniable pop blast than anything I’ve heard from her to date. My only complaint is that it’s not a cover of Yeasayer’s tune of the same name — surely Monae could work wonders with that song, right? — but I suppose that’s really neither here nor there.

Head over to Janelle Monae’s official site for a free stream of her “Tightrope,” then let us know if this has you anticipating her full-length debut, May 18’s The ArchAndroid, as much as we are.

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  • Chichi

    I need this girl’s debut now. She had been amazing every time I’ve seen her live. And has style to spare. Love the nappy pompadour.

  • TheObserver

    Listen to her single ” many moons” the song and the music video are awesome

  • Via

    Loving this song.. she does not disappoint. Can’t wait for the full length to finally drop.

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  • jasmine

    I LOVE THIS!!!

    Where has she been all of my life!?!?

  • Dede

    Been loving her since I found the crazy video for Many Moons on youtube! Can’t wait for the album.

  • B

    It’s ok. She doesnt seem like a big singer but this is the only song that I have heard from her…

    • raf

      Um, no. Janelle has serious pipes. Google her rendition of ‘Smile’ or catch a show – amazing vocalist, performer, stylish, and easy on the eyes – Quadruple threat that lady is.

    • honey

      you need to hear all her songs…i love her voice

  • A. Riggs

    Janelle Monae is in a category of her own! She never ceases to amaze me and I am glad she is back on the music scene in a major way! Her vocals are insane and her music is simply incredible! I hope she gets the recognition she truly deserves! JM, you rock!

    • Hatice

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  • poeticlyspkng

    for those who haven’t heard her, she put out an entire EP. She can definitely sing better or as well as many of the other pop chicks out there.

  • Allan

    she has a great voice and she’s unique and different. expect the masses to start jumping on the band wagon.

  • Ahmed

    I love Janelle!!!!!!!! Her ftnihcomorg album hits stores May 18th! I’m ready to experience The ArchAndroid!

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