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Janelle Monáe Is The 21st Century's Time Traveler

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Monáe's work reminds us that we don't need to be tied to one vision of the future: We can create worlds that help us process current hierarchies and others that try to break out of those structures.


Janelle Monáe Strips The Hardware For Humanity

Friday, April 27, 2018

In the midst of all the world's chaos, Janelle Monáe's Dirty Computer — both the album and the "emotion picture" — is a heroine's journey set to a symphony.


Songs We Love: NSTASIA, 'Trap Or Die'

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

The rising R&B songwriter has worked with Beyoncé and Pharrell, and steps out with her first single, a classic love song for a bad boy.


Taking 'Ctrl': Why SZA's New Album Means So Much

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Top Dawg singer's new album is as dreamy as we all hoped it would be. Code Switch and NPR Music tapped in a few members of the NPR fam to chat with us about how SZA and Ctrl resonates with them.