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Janelle Monae let loose a little more than usual in her latest interview with Uptown Magazine‘s Isoul Harris. The singer, who covers Uptown’s October/November 2013 issue, didn’t spill details on her love life (nor should she) but she opened up about misconceptions about her personality and the one interview question that annoys her. A few excerpts:

On no longer stressing about record sales:

“When you release your first album, record sales are important. But now, I don’t really care. I feel like this music is from God and I am the pastor that does not need a mega-church. I am fine with my 200-seat church, as long as the people that need it come and get inspired. I know what I could do to be amongst the popular crowd.”

On misconceptions about who she is:

“People think I am so straitlaced and buttoned up. There is a lot of life underneath this tuxedo. I like to have fun. I enjoy practical jokes. I enjoy rolling around the mall in wheelchairs. I enjoy taking someone’s baby and putting it on my hip for about two hours straight and then giving it back. […] If I am anyone’s hero, please don’t meet me. Stay away. I am not what you think I am. We keep coming back to this notion of identity. Honestly, I am just a ghetto black girl underneath it all. My tuxedo is supposed to make me look refined.”

On reporters hounding her about only wearing tuxedos:

“The next person that asks me about wearing a tuxedo, I will give them a hug and then a slap.”

On being a Covergirl:

“To be on a roster with Queen Latifah, Ellen DeGeneres and Sofia Vergara is incredible. It’s so diverse. It’s breaking down barriers and changing the definition of beauty.”

On the impact she wants her music to have on people:

“Yes! I want the music to make people burn their cubicles down and then pay for a new cubicle. I want people to not feel afraid to ask for help. Not feel afraid to crawl. Not feel afraid to dance in front of strangers. It’s about shaving your head, saving your hair and never looking back. I want people to do things that they never thought they would do before.”

On making her lyrics less complicated:

“I realized that I was over-complicating things at one point. I told myself, ‘You don’t have to do that.’ I was getting the sense that I was talking over people’s heads. Just like Erykah Badu sings, ‘What good do your words do/If they can’t understand you?’

On Diddy’s role in her career:

“He is the ambassador and protector of the jam. He makes sure that our ideas get out into the world. He is not involved creatively. He is the spokesperson for corporations when it’s time to talk business. When we don’t want to have conversations with suits, he goes in and slaps people for us. He is our highest professional slapper. He slaps anyone that tries to mess up the jam.”

On meeting Erykah Badu:

“We met underwater. She was the Queen of the Water and I was swimming. We would perform and talk about what kind of popcorn and hotdogs we like.”

Read the full interview here.

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  • “The next person that asks me about wearing a tuxedo, I will give them a hug and then a slap.”

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    LMAO

  • Sass

    I despise the word ghetto. shaming people for being poor.