Black Excellence: Janelle Monáe

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The Chase

Monáe's first official release was 2007's Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase). Inspired heavily by science fiction movies such as Metropolis and Blade Runner, the lyrics to her music also included a story about an android named Cyndi Mayweather who had developed feelings for a human. Themes such as forbidden love and living on the run were heavily tied into the EP, making it an instant hit amongst critics.

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