8. Mesfin Fekadu's pick...Janelle Monae
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“The Electric Lady”: Janelle Monae’s latest album shows that the already masterful singer has grown in the three years since she released her full-length debut, “The ArchAndroid.” “The Electric Lady” is almost as great as that work of art and features must-listen songs like “Primetime,” a duet with Miguel that is arguably the year’s best R&B song, and the Prince-assisted “Give Em What They Love,” where Monae holds her own. The title track is just as addictive. All hail this queen.