Janelle Monáe made her network debut appearance last night on the Late Show With David Letterman with an A-MAZ-ING performance of her single “Tightrope” taken from her album The Archandroid which is out in America now and will be available in the UK in July.


SoulCulture TV x Janelle Monae: The Meaning Of ‘Tightrope’

“I represent for the have-nots…
I don’t think that I make music for Kings and Queens.”

“‘Tightrope’ was made for the people,” says Janelle Monae of the lead single from her forthcoming new album, The Arch Android. Featuring Big Boi from Outkast, the ‘Tightrope’ video depicts dance as rebellious freedom.

“Every time you step outside you’re dealing with life and you’re trying to stay sane, for a lack of better words. Balance, to me, is the key; not getting too high, not getting too low – that’s what ‘Tightrope’ represents. It’s like life’s tutorial on how to actually make it through life without becoming insane and driving yourself to a life full of hatred and just not wanting to be here.”

“Early on I realised that I have to stay balanced; not getting too high off praises and not getting too low off opinions and critiques that just don’t serve me well.”