Janelle Monáe, that goddess in the tuxedo, that electric lady with the funny hair. She's pretty legit. But did you know that she owns her own label? And you won't believe who she cites as an early influence in her life and career. We all know the killer voice and the smooth yet quirky sound, but here are five things about Janelle Monáe that you probably don't know...

1) She's a Midwestern gal at heart: Janelle Monáe Robinson was born and raised in Kansas City, Kansas. Although she would later travel to Atlanta and New York City to advance her career, Monáe unironically credits Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz with inspiring her early love for the performing arts. Other (less surprising) influences include Erykah Badu, David Bowie, and Grace Jones - but The Guardian has also pointed to Jimi Hendrix and famed film composer Bernard Hermann as influences as well.

2) She's a Bad Boy For Life: Monáe is featured twice on the soundtrack to the 2006 OutKast-starring flick Idlewild ('Call the Law' and 'In Your Dreams') thanks to Monáe's friendship with Big Boi that began in her early days in Atlanta, in 2001. Subsequently, Big Boi urged Sean "Puffy/Puff Daddy/P. Diddy/Diddy" Combs to check out Monáe's Myspace page. Shortly thereafter, she was signed to Bad Boy Records. It should also be noted that the Purple One, Prince himself, was an early fan. Come on.

3) She's her own boss: Despite her record contract with Bad Boy, Monáe has complete creative control, as a result of the kind of deal she struck with Bad Boy. It makes room for the label she co-founded in Atlanta, Wondaland Arts Society, which supports artists of all kinds: performance artists, screenwriters, visual artists. Monáe calls it a "partnership", stating, "you know, rather than getting involved creatively he just wanted to be a project champion for what we were doing and contribute resources to the movement - simply because he BELIEVES in it!"

4) She's an Afrofuturist: Monáe has been linked to the cultural movement Afrofuturism, an artistic aesthetic that combines science fiction, Afrocentricity, and magical realism in an effort to critique modern perceptions of race, as well as addressing themes concerning the African Diaspora. (Heady.) Afrofuturism was first championed by artists like Sun Ra and Parliament Funkadelic in the 1970's, and in her work, Monáe explores its themes in an effort to bring them back to the consciousness of contemporary urban artists and fans. Hence all the android talk.

5) She's not done yet: It's been reported that all of her records so far have been part of a seven-part series. Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase) [2007] was part one, The ArchAndroid [2010] were parts two and three, and her latest record, The Electric Lady [2013] is parts four and five. Time will tell what parts six and seven shape up to be, but if the past is any indication, we've got a lot to look forward to.

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