Janelle Monáe, Jidenna Introduce The Eclectic Sound of Wondaland Records

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Janelle Monáe, Jidenna Introduce The Eclectic Sound of Wondaland Records

The whole squad appeared on The Breakfast Club.

Published August 14, 2015

Janelle Monáe, Jidenna and Deep Cotton combine to make Wondaland Records and they are planning on changing the game with their music.

During their The Breakfast Club interview, we get introduced to Deep Cotton, a rock group signed to Wondaland, and their style of music, as well as learn more about the mission of Monáe’s label and their future as artists. They’ve also announced an upcoming tour for The Eephus EP that’ll be free for all their fans.

Further along in the conversation, Jidenna addresses the VladTV story where he commented on his struggles of being a light-skinned Nigerian-American. “When you’re light-skinned, you’re a heavier target for being kidnapped because you’re seen as more valuable,” he explained. “You’re white, you’re American, therefore you have more money. If you have more money, you’re easy to kidnap…For me, being light-skinned in our family, it was difficult. We were constantly being hounded. We were robbed. Our family’s been assaulted, we’ve had a lot of issues.”


Some people misconstrued his words, so he clarifies them here:

“I was referring to my mixed heritage and being a man who may be perceived as more valuable because you are light-skinned. Because, really, you look closer to a white man, which all around the world, a white person is perceived as more valuable. Unfortunately, light-skinned is often perceived as more valuable. My comments were referring to that … some people took it as me believing that I am more valuable or believing that somehow light-skinned people are kidnapped more than others.”

You can watch the entire interview with Wondaland Records below.

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Written by Eric Diep


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