Sneak Peek: Janelle Monáe on Her Humble Beginnings

An excerpt of the singer from Jay Z's Made in America.

Posted: 07/14/2014 08:45 AM EDT

Janelle Monáe is a genre-defying artist who carries none of the drama or ego of a star of her stature. The 29-year-old singer, who popularized pompadours and tuxedos in the 21st century, credits her humble background with keeping her nimble feet planted firmly on the ground.

We've got an exclusive clip of Miss Monáe in Jay Z and Ron Howard's music documentary Made in America, sharing details about her family. "I should appreciate where I am in my life, because I've come a long way," she begins, before talking about her parents, who worked blue collar jobs to make ends meet.

Check out our exclusive look at Made in America — which also features interviews with artists like Odd Future, D'Angelo, Santigold and dozens more — below. Made in America will be available on VOD, DVD and Blu-Ray on July 22.

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