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What’s with Janelle Monae’s obsession with Metropolis?

04 Oct
The Archandroid album cover in comparison to the Metropolis movie poster

 I don’t know much about this young lady, but from just looking at her album covers and the lyrics to some of her music, she seems very much apart of the ‘movement’. Other than looking like something you would find in a back alley gender bender club in 1960’s New York, she is an extremely talented artist who founded the Wondaland Arts Society in Atlanta, Ga.

 

Very rarely is Janelle seen in anything feminine

 

 For those that don’t know, the movie Metropolis depicts a society divided between two rigid social classes, the  “thinkers” and the “workers”, who can’t communicate with each other. Maria, a young female worker who has some influence among her exploited colleagues gets kidnapped by the ruling class. She is taken to the laboratory of a mad scientist who created a robot that could take her physical likeness.

Scene with 'Maria' and her creator, The Mad Scientist

'Maria' after completion being worshipped by the masses before their destruction

Metropolis album cover

Check out the lyrics to her prelude Cybertonic Purgatory:

Sorry I ran away.
Me lost too.
Sorry I’m in a maze,
No words due…
Soar in my dreams,
In my dreams.
This stormy sunrise,

It will die.

And I’ll be with you, my love…
My love…

Or, March of the Wolfmasters skit:
Good Morning Cy-boys and Cyber Girls!
I’m happy to announce that we have a star cross winner in today’s heartbreak sweepstakes.
Android No. 57821 otherwise known as Cyndi Mayweather has fallen desperately in love with a human named Anthony Greendown!
And you know the rules?
She is now scheduled for immediate dis-assembly!
Bounty hunters you can find her in the Neon Valley Street District on the fourth floor at the Leopard Plaza apartment complex.
The Droid Control Marshall’s are full of fun rules today.

No faizers only chainsaws and electro-daggers!
Remember only card carrying hunters can join our chase today.
And as usual there will be no reward until her cyber-soul is turned into the Star Commission.
Happy hunting’s!!!!

If that’s not enough to make you want to start keeping an eye on this little songstress, just look at her extremely cinematic video for Many Moons:

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As much as I would love to say I’m in shock, I’m really not. This is the type of thing that is becoming more and more common in the Industry. Wolf in sheep’s clothing is an understatement, they’re getting in Green Beret stealth mode.

But, hey, THAT’S JUST MY OPINION.

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Posted by on October 4, 2010 in Illuppets, Industry

 

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15 responses to “What’s with Janelle Monae’s obsession with Metropolis?

  1. gc

    October 5, 2010 at 12:22 AM

    WOW. I agree that the industry is becoming more of a subliminal message industry. I honestly beleieve it was before but now its more exposed since its been piped in. Dangerous to toy with peoples minds. Its insulting a persons intelligence, and a costly price goes with it.

     
    • buttaflyytulsa

      October 5, 2010 at 1:57 AM

      Most definitely! This has totally been happening forever and a day, but it’s not just that more people are becoming aware as to why we can see it more, they are just getting that dang bold with it. That’s how they do. Think about it, when was the last time you went and saw a movie at the theater and didn’t hear any cursing? I had to look at my ticket when I went to see Takers (#teambreezy) because I actually notice there wasn’t any cursing or sex. Come to find out it was a PG-13 movie (excellent marketing move since they were really trying to make sure Brown’s fan base could attend), and they used all of their ‘points’ for the blood and violence in the movie. My point is, even 15 years ago, you would have never seen as much sex, violence, and foul language in movies, television, and music. But, they kept adding more and more little by little, and now it’s normal. Like I stated before, you’ll notice more when it’s missing, but back in the day, you would flintch when ever you heard or saw it. Thanks for the comment!!! It’s greatly appreciated!!!

       
    • yourMOM

      August 27, 2013 at 10:28 AM

      you’re asleep. WAKE UP

       
  2. Emprez

    October 5, 2010 at 8:10 AM

    This chick is so weird anyways!!

     
    • buttaflyytulsa

      October 5, 2010 at 12:12 PM

      Very! But the crazy thing is she’s madd talented. The devil sure can pick’em. Lol!

       
  3. dirtygurl

    October 6, 2010 at 12:19 AM

    i don’t know much about her either, but i’ve seen her extra hyphy movement when she’s performing…cocaine is a helluva drug!
    she’s signed to bad boy which is ran by one of the biggest demons in the industry…damn with all his money can’t he get his mouth fixed, always hanging open i guess from all the lip servicing he’s done to get where he is and stay there.
    like most movies, metropolis has the occult and illuminati all over it. maybe this movie has been used in her programming which cold go a long way in explaining her obsession. I think she’s cute as a button but they trying to present her as androgynous much as they did with prince…gender bending freeks

     
    • buttaflyytulsa

      October 6, 2010 at 3:46 AM

      You hit so many nails on the head, I could build a house!!!!!

      She keeps mentioning someone named Cindi Mayweather, and I was wondering who she is. Well, I found my answer, and what you said about her having Metropolis in her ‘programming’ is pretty much on point.

      Check out what I found on http://www.answers.com/topic/janelle-monae about it:

      The second and third suites of Metropolis are combined into this full-length release, in which Monáe’s alter-ego, Cindi Mayweather—also the protagonist of Metropolis: The Chase Suite— becomes a messiah-esque figure to the android community of Metropolis.[5] Monáe noted that she plans to shoot a video for each song on The ArchAndroid and create both a movie and graphic novel based on the album.[6]

      The Metropolis concept series draws inspiration from a wide range of musical, cinematic and other sources, ranging from Alfred Hitchcock to Debussy to Philip K. Dick. However, the series puts Fritz Lang’s 1927 silent film Metropolis, which Monáe referred to as “the godfather of science-fiction movies,” in special regard.[7][8] Aside from sharing a name, they also share visual styles (the cover for The ArchAndroid is inspired by the iconic poster for Metropolis), conceptual themes and political goals, using expressionistic future scenarios to examine and explode contemporary ideas of prejudice and class.

      Both also include a performing female android, though to very different effect. Where Metropolis android Maria is the evil, havoc-sowing double of the messianic figure to the city’s strictly segregated working class, Monáe’s messianic android muse Cindi Mayweather represents an interpretation of androids as that segregated minority, which Monáe describes as “… the Other. And I feel like all of us, whether in the majority or the minority, felt like the Other at some point.”

      So, in MY OPINION, this movie has been used in her ‘programming’ and she had been ‘told’ to smoke screen it and get people use to the dehumanization of the masses.

       
  4. Ms. Mizani

    October 29, 2010 at 10:13 PM

    Janelle Monae had a nice following in Atlanta, Georgia. And rightfully so. This young lady is indeed talented. She’s worked with Outkast and I believe a few others. She always stated that she wore the basic black and white to keep ppl focused on her music and not be distracted like other artist that wore skimpy clothing. I tried to follow her up until Diddy approached her with a deal. I hoped she wouldn’t take it, but she did and from that point my intrest died because I knew Diddy is a career killer and a thief. Now I’m reading about this and I feel like we’ve lost another one to the Illuminati.

     
    • buttaflyytulsa

      October 29, 2010 at 10:51 PM

      Oh, yes, she has insane talent, and that’s what’s so disheartening about the whole thing.

       
  5. quinny kinderwagen

    November 4, 2010 at 5:46 AM

    Ernest Hemingway~ Theres nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men. True nobility is being superior to your former self.

     
  6. charisse

    February 23, 2011 at 9:28 PM

    I haver much respect for her saying so wears black&white to keep ppl focused on her talent. But do she really have to wear different variations of that same suit every time i see her? She’s signed with diddy? Oh lawd! Oh well, so much for janelle monae.

     
    • yourMOM

      August 27, 2013 at 10:29 AM

      Sheep, think about it. Grow your brain

       
  7. charisse

    February 23, 2011 at 9:30 PM

    and she has an alter ego just like beyonce, eminem, and so many others.

     
  8. yourMOM

    August 27, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    All of you….out aside your opinions and just think for yourselves?

    Just once.

    Calcified….smh

     
    • Kim Possible  (@misskimari)

      October 16, 2013 at 9:58 PM

      thank youuuu.. i can’t even read all these ignorant & idiotic comments.
      The author CLEARLY framed her ever progressing metropolis theme album as some sort of negative agenda setting that should be feared instead of understood…

      how you gon start the article with “i dont know much about this girl”…. WELLS STOP WRITING UNTIL YOU LEARN HOW TO seek more truths & LISTEN TO THE MESSAGE SHE’S BRINGING.

      smh

      nice connection to history, nonetheless, but these anti-propaganda youtube “truth” movements got people SOO SHOOK & FEARFUL.

       

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