DAY 95 GRAMMY CHASE: MANY MOONS OF MONAE

In the words of my man TrevThorne, Janelle Monae is the female version of Andre 3000, given her dance, her creativity and risks she takes in music. There is also a reason why this particular song has a look, feel and sound of an Outkast joint with the rhythm of “Bombs Over Baghdad” or “Ghetto Musick,” its because this single by Janelle Monae, “Many Moons” was co-produced by Big Boi. Janelle was featured on “I Want to Work for Diddy” as she was one of Bad Boys new artists and it was high-time for promotion for which contestants had to put together a debut/release party.

Her body of work is pretty consistent and certainly keeps her standing out from her peers. Janelle was nominated for Best Urban/Alternative Performance at the 2009 Grammy Awards, losing out to India.Arie & Dobet Gnahore for the song, “Pearls.” I have a feeling she’ll return to the ballots again.

Janelle’s latest offering:

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About by Edreys

Edreys Wajed is a catalyst of inspiration and a walking enterprise of all things creative. The Buffalo native boasts a toolbox chock-full with talents and experiences ranging from a visual artist, jewelry designer and musical entertainer, to an educator and entrepreneur with notable recognitions respectfully in each. His approach in each endeavor is soundly unique, high quality and signature in presentation, having found his course as a creator early in life. As early as 14 years of age, when his mother invested in a pair of hair clippers for him, seeing as she could no longer afford to pay for his haircuts, Edreys taught himself the trade of barbering and soon began making money for himself in the basement of his childhood home. With his artistic ability he also began growing a client base and reputation for customized hats and clothes as well as logo design by hand, long before learning graphics in college. His creativity, craftsmanship and passion to inspire people are what drives his spirit of entrepreneurship. From having run his own stationery boutique and art gallery shared with his wife; touring nationally and internationally as a hip hop artist, Edreys is exceptionally diverse with his avenues of expression, including the fine craft of jewelry making, passed down from his father and master craftsman. Edreys is most recently recognized locally for his contribution as an artist on the Freedom Wall which features 28 civil rights dignitaries, 7 of which he painted with his unique style and use of line. “Creativity is my neighbor, I live by it,” says Edreys. View all posts by by Edreys

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