And: "[It's also a tribute to] my mother, who was a janitor, and my father, who drove trash trucks. It pays homage to how they put on a uniform every day and turned something into nothing." [New York]
And this is why I adore Janelle Monae - because she's an artist that actually (as opposed to faux-edginess) keeps folks on their toes by providing us with the unexpected. I would've never guessed that her tux was an homage to her parents/the pride of the hard-working class.
I'll be standing in line to purchase this album tomorrow (something I don't do these days unless it's a legend like Sade).