Janelle Monae's Top 4 "Tightrope" Influences

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    New artist Janell Monet has been gaining major buzz lately as one of the premiere artists to watch in 2010. She just released the video for the ‘Tightrope (Remix)’ featuring rappers B.o.B. and Lupe Fiasco. While the video is definitely fresh, new and innovative in terms of Monet’s style, trademark dance moves and strong sense of individualism, it is clear that she draws inspiration from some of the best in the game. First take a look at the new video:

    Here is a list of 4 people that we believe had a GIANT influence on Monae:

    1.

    Lauryn Hill

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    Monae is one of the very few artists that have been able to pull off rapping and singing on the same track. Her melodic voice is strong on its own, and is complimented by her sassy rhymes. She definitely reminds us of a  young Lauryn Hill in her ability to artfully switch between the spoken and sung word.

    2.

    Andre 3000

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    Monae’ s quirky style and fancy dance moves undoubtedly have a hint of Andre 3000 in them. The master of quirk himself debuted similar looks and moves in the video for “Hey Ya.” Check it out:

    3.

    Chris Tucker In The 5th Element

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    It was a toss-up between Chris and Amy Winehouse, but the Monae-Bouffant  is definitely a nod to those that have done it before. We’re glad that Janelle managed to make hers a little less hilarious, though.

    4.

    George Jefferson

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    Good old George is definitely the originator of the ‘good-foot’ dance. Check out a master at work:

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