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Cee Lo Green, Big Boi Undermine Janelle Monae’s Strength on ‘Electric Lady (Remix)’

Atlanta hip-hop icons drop lascivious verses on near-title track with Solange

picture-18576-1373300776Marc Hogan // September 13, 2013

Though Janelle Monáe hails from Kansas City, she makes her home in Atlanta, and she invited a couple of ATL luminaries for a remix of the near-title track from new album The Electric Lady. The original “Electric Lady” already features vocals from Solange, another singer who approaches R&B from a slightly off-kilter perspective, and the new version adds verses from Big Boi and Cee Lo Green. As welcome as it is to hear the OutKast half’s pliantly pitter-pattering cadences, though, neither man really adds much to the track. Green, talk-rapping rather than fully showcasing his powerful pipes, gruffly flatters his host, musing that “I must utter something utterly avant-garde” (he doesn’t). General Patton, at least, drops the sophisticated pretensions, but his talk of “naked pilates” and “that pole dance” feels not only unnecessary, but counter to Monáe’s outta-this-world “Q.U.E.E.N.” individualism. Oh well: You can buy it as a Target-only bonus track, or listen below via MissInfo.tv.