Janelle Monae doesn’t remember the first album she owned as a child, but the first one she spent her hard-earned money on? “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.”

Monae says she “connected with Lauryn on many levels.” She says Hill’s album was inspiring because the singer-rapper “was all of her(self) on her project … and I felt like I could be all of me and I didn’t have to pick one part of me.”

In this Oct. 18, 2018 photo, singer-rapper Janelle Monae poses for a portrait in New York to promote her latest album
In this Oct. 18, 2018 photo, singer-rapper Janelle Monae poses for a portrait in New York to promote her latest album “Dirty Computer.” (Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP)

Monae might be music’s closest heir to Hill: She’s an artistic performer known for thought-provoking lyrical content and is also known for her roles in “Moonlight” and “Hidden Figures.”

In this Oct. 18, 2018 photo, singer-rapper Janelle Monae poses for a portrait in New York to promote her latest album
In this Oct. 18, 2018 photo, singer-rapper Janelle Monae poses for a portrait in New York to promote her latest album “Dirty Computer.” (Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP)

Monae reached even greater heights this year with the release of “Dirty Computer,” another critical effort in her catalog, as she sings about liberation, oppression, love and more.

Source: The Associated Press

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