Got The Juice
What a time to be alive to be able to witness Janelle Monáe becoming the superstar we all knew she should be. If I could, I would just slap up her album as this week's playlist, but I wanted to offer a bit more variety, so I've included the best track off her album to celebrate her brilliance. I built this week's playlist around Janelle and as such it's an ode to some of the most exciting emerging talents, many of them women of color (like Jean Deaux, Mahalia, Anna Leone or Amber-Simone). It's also an ode to Janelle because it's heavy on the funk, soul and hip hop stylings, even if pop, electronic and R&B work their way in. It's also fun as we celebrate winter finally going away and spring arriving to breathe new life and a little bit of optimism into the city.