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We've been aware of Janelle Monae for a few years now. We always appreciated her, but there was something about her "shtick" that felt contrived and we were never that into the music.

We still feel that way, but… a good song is a good song.

We're not thrilled about Tightrope, Monae's single off her latest album, but we LOVE love LOVE her new song Cold War.

It's the jam! It's the jelly AND the jam!

It's perfect for our new gym mix and we can't get enough of it!

Check it out (below).

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30 comments to “Listen To This: Spin Spin Sugah!”

  1. 1

    Lame, disposable, and forgettable. I guess this matches you personality Mario. It's just more pap music that will not go down in history as anything important.

  2. 2

    "Contrived?" You've got to be fucking kidding! This lady is so goddamn talented, I find her to be refreshing and I kinda throwback to music from another time. I love her look and her stage persona, shes as much of a performance artist as Lady Gaga, just WAY more subtle about it. Not everything has to be all flashy and in your face

  3. 3

    Wow you really have no taste in music. Janelle Monae is far more interesting than Lady Gaga. At least she isnt contrived, maybe you should look up that word because that is the best word do describe the Lady that makes us Gag Gag.

  4. 4

    And what "schtick" does she have??
    good music that's makes you think?
    god forbid an artist put out a record that is more than just auto-tune and synthesizers and catchy lyrics.

  5. 5

    I approve of this. I downloaded the track to put it on my mp3 player..

  6. 6

    I LOVE Janelle Monae.

  7. 7

    Her album "The ArchAndroid" is fantastic! So is Tightrope.

  8. 8

    Perez or Barbara or whoever, you're so retarded and your taste in music is shit! The girl is brilliant! She has more talent than all gagas together. You're an asshole. Janelle, you're superstar! And Diddy- she should be bigger than she is. Get your head out of Cassie's puss and look what kind of wonderful artist you got there!

  9. 9

    You really don't have good taste in music. I guess gay guess like that Lady GaGa electornic futuristic bullshit. I like this girl, real talent, real personality, and she si from my home country ;) Naija repesent

  10. 10

    Janelle Monae is great! I liked Tightrope! And I love Cold War too!

  11. 11

    god damn, you basically said 'i dont like her' in ALOT of words….

  12. 12

    i thought you LOVED contrived music and people?

  13. 13

    So she's contrived and Lady GagGag is not? lol you have some funny logic.

  14. 14

    I really love this girl! I saw her perform Tightrope on ELLEN and thought she was amazing!

  15. 15

    Okay Janelle is contrived but GaGa is a genius right, get the fuckout of here Perez. Your wifey is nothing but a marketing ploy. I don't understand why you can't just give credit whre credit is due, you're always on some back hand compliment shit worse than a female

  16. 16

    really, perez? really? one, this song has been out since fucking february, so why don't you try to get with it? two, you think janelle monae is contrived, yet you love gaga? listen, i love lady gaga's music, but i know it's all an act; janelle monae's music uses her own ideas through imagery, what you refer to as her 'shtick'. i think i've finally lost all respect for you.

    and hco323, i love janelle and i'm gay. don't label all of us by this fucktard.

  17. 17

    You think Janelle Monae's "shtick" is contrived yet view Lady Gaga as a unique performance artist? What kind of bizarre logic is that!? The same that is trying to sell us everyone else as a copycat and Gaga as an original.

  18. 18

    She is pretty awesome!

  19. 19

    schtick? really?! and you cram gaga down peoples throats every second of every day? you're a pathetic sycophant.

  20. 20

    Lemme here that back?: "…but there was something about her "shtick" that felt contrived and we were never that into the music…"

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  22. 22

    Janelle Monae and Tightrope as fabulous and her talent is amazing. If you look up "contrived" in the dictionary, you will find a picture of Lady Gagme.

  23. 23

    1. Tightrope is an incredible song with an amazing, original video to go with it.
    2. Funny how every legitimate, credible critic have given her album incredible reviews, but you - who have no credentials or expertise whatsoever - have the audacity to offer your opinion as if it has any merit.
    3. You know who's contrived (not to mention phony)? Your 'wifey'.

  24. 24

    I have to kind of agree with you Perez on this one. Janelle Monae's gimmick really turns me off - especially in her 'Tightrope' video (ugh!)- but then again at least this girl can sing. I completely respect her singing efforts on her latest album "The ArchAndroid". So when I consider her singing talent, she's ahead of your ubercontrived GaGa and RiRi. Just saying.

  25. 25

    Re: maxamill – THANK YOU!!! Someone FINALLY said it!

  26. 26

    wow im shocked at how nice her voice is….this is actually a really nice song and she has such a lovely voice

    i ddnt kno abt her until i glimpsed her on the bet awards, then i thought she was crappy…. but shes awesome

  27. 27

    Yo, I have to agree with Perez on this. I tried to like Monae after the release of Metropolis. I mean, I liked her before, but Metropolis was a HUGE change.

    I don't know if she found herself in between CDs or something (kind of like Gaga) but I don't like the product. This song has the same beat and effects as Many Moons.

  28. 28

    Get your fucking head checked, mate. Janelle Monae is the change music has been needing for many years. She doesn't need to flash her vadge or multimillion dollar sets and costumes to get her point across or to put on a FUCKING AMAZING live show. BTW, The Archandroid, her DEBUT album, is the 10th best reviews album since 2000. Suck on that, bitch.

  29. 29

    I like when people qualify a statement like this by saying "I've been listening to 'x' for a few years now," as if that is supposed to add some sort of music scene street cred.

  30. 30

    whaat. tightrope is a great song. and her music video for it is awesome. she's a great dancer!