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Diddy & Big Boi Team Up To Bring You Janelle Monáe

Posted By on March 31, 2008

Diddy and Outkast's Big Boi are teaming up to help out new artist Janelle Monae. Diddy recently signed her to Bad Boy Records via a deal with Monae's record label, the Wondaland Arts Society. Big Boi will serve as co-executive producer of her debut release called Metropolis Suite Ep. Monae is from Kansas City and attended high school at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Discovered by Nate "Rocket" Wonder and Chuck Lighting, they created Wondaland Productions. After signing to the Atlanta label, Monae collab'd with Big Boi on the tracks "Call The Law" and "In Your Dreams" on Outkasts Idlewild soundtrack, plus was featured in the video for the single "Morris Brown."

The collabs caught Diddy's attention, who said signing her was one of the most important events of his career. “Over the years, I’ve been blessed to work with some of the most influential artists in modern music – from Jodeci to Mary J. to Biggie – and there is no doubt in my mind that Janelle is the kind of artist that changes the game,” continuing, “She is a true visionary, with an original sound and a mesmerizing presence. I can’t wait to watch the future unfold for Janelle.”

The Metropolis Suite EP will introduce Monáe’s android alter ego, Cindi
, who aims to pull listeners in using her “sci-fi inspired
world of cyber soul.” “Metropolis is the place I’ve been dreaming about all these years – a
city inside your head,” says Janelle. “It’s an adventure the music
brings to life…in many respects, this unique partnership is a
reflection of my belief that this is a new day, a new entertainment
industry, and a world where the notion of what is independent and what
is mainstream changes every day. In this new, rapidly changing
environment, I am thrilled that Antwan ‘Big Boi’ Patton and Sean Combs
have partnered with me and the Wondaland Arts Society to promote my
music and art around the world."”  Janelle Monáe will follow the Metropolis Suite EP with her untitled debut full-length album in September. “What I love about Janelle is that she has a magical ability to bring
folks together,” stated Big Boi. “And she’s one of most inspiring
performers ever.”