Warning: Enclosed herewith are The Hoosh’s records and theories of the numerous codes, subliminal messages, and spiritual weapons weaved within Janelle Monae’s “Electric Lady”. As we begin, understand that these recordings channeled via Cindi Mayweather contain magic, and the nature of this magic is that it weaves into your subconscious, creating mental crossroads, thresholds, and releasing emotional-electrical impulses that fly through the ethers and return as spiritual weapons, activated by their seeding into the subconscious. Are you confused? Take my hand and follow me. Every listener to this album deserves, through many trials and errors, to understand and benefit from the powerful spiritual weapons that Janelle Monae is offering through this latest release. Read on at your own risk, but understand that I am with you, to offer my individual slice of Truth, to light the fire in your own heart and help you to find your answers on your own. And thankfully, these spiritual weapons that Ms. Monae has armed you with, ensure the attraction and sifting of your own belief systems, until you, too, can find your own spark of Truth. Isn’t this exciting?
So, what has our heroine, Cindi Mayweather, been up to, after proclaiming in “BaBopByeYa” (see: the “Archandroid”) that she will fight for love, and maintain her movement, the movement of liberating the marginalized droid populace? (see: the “Other”)
Cindi has made a powerful impact on the droid community of Metropolis, as the Droid Control (and various bounty hunters) continue to chase her down and attempt to disassemble her for falling in love with a human, Anthony Greendown. As an influential pop star, beginning the artistic crusade called “Cybersoul” (a rebellious form of music), Mayweather has attracted the eyes of the droids of Metropolis with her story, as all demonstrations of love, and the enduring spirit, seem to do to the masses. Yes, Cindi, and all droids, have a spirit, and Cindi’s quest has become a dual quest: Cindi’s individual journey, and the transformation occuring amongst the affected droid community.
Rising from the deep meditation and self-realization in the Archandroid, Cindi, with her newly acquired sense of power, has come to realize that the very same self-realization that she underwent in her travels, is a journey that all droids must undertake, to free hearts and fuel the fire and passion of her freedom movement. Thusly, Cindi returns to the eyes of Metropolis with a battle plan, a brilliant strategem to empower and liberate the minds of the masses. Because, as we’ve learned in “Metropolis”, freedom begins with the mind. Because you may be free, but in your mind, your freedom may, indeed, be in a bind.
Thusly, to re-connect and revitalize the people, but with a movement of love and non-violence, Cindi returns with a bang! From the threatening swoons and cries for freedom in “Suite IV Overture”, Cindi enters the scene armed with her most treasured weapons: her music and her mind.
"Give Em What They Love" (my personal favorite) brings Cindi into the faces of all watching, proclaiming proudly and unabashedly that she is a woman of strength and power, with her own inflexible values, but also with a certain sassy secret that she has to offer us all, implying that it’s something we actually want, but may not know it ourselves. And then, she does something that was sure to bring intrigue . . Here, she leaves the scene with a woman.
Now, I’m sure the droids were not expecting something like that. Where are the sermons? Where’s our message from our martyr? Our messiah? According to the sacred texts, isn’t Cindi supposed to be the Archandroid? But like moths drawn to a flame, the droids, humans, clones, cyborgs, and spirits alike follow, like following a trail of syrupy gossip.
She turns to face the assembled crowd, prepared for this moment, glowing with the spark of genius, and “Q.U.E.E.N.” ensues. (Danger! Danger! Henceforth is the initation and integration of subconscious elements that begin the assembly of Cindi’s spiritual weapons.) To paraphrase, and skip (unfortunately) over the complex verbal bombs and psychodancing involved in Wondaland’s instrumentation and Cindi’s limitless voice, she plants a powerful thought into the minds of the populace: What, exactly, is wrong with leaving with a woman?
And what would make it acceptable? Furthermore, what does it mean to be a woman? You all remember Blueberry Mary, our “siren”-esque character to appear in “Mushrooms and Roses”? Mary reappears alongside Cindi. What exactly would it mean if Cindi enjoys watching Mary, as she does what she loves, offering her “electricity” to others? (Let he who is without sin cast the first stone?) If you can see the subtext, you will be astounded.
I’m sure the responses from the crowd were multi-faceted and hard to define. But I, myself, as I watched Cindi, had a revelation. Cindi has been persecuted for loving a human, Anthony Greendown, a man! When I first heard the news of Cindi’s tragic flee from Metropolis, I knew that the same confidence it took to love Greendown, was the same bravery it took for me to walk the streets . . with another man. And I knew what it meant to be “free”, but feel like walking the streets with my other half could be potentially dangerous. It felt like my love was, indeed, dangerous, and my own freedom was binded, in my own mind. But in my heart, I could only press on, as Cindi had.
So to return to the present, Cindi seeds the thought of dangerous love into our subconscious minds. And then, in her rap, proclaims that she is fighting for all love! I’m sure many of the people in the crowd had once loved a human, or someone else that labeled us the “Other”. If we could idolize Cindi for standing up for her love of Anthony, it meant, by default, that this was not just about droid-human relations, but all forms of love! To idolize Cindi for standing up for Anthony, but not Mary, or homosexuals, would be a mixed message, and Cindi knew that she had to universalize the scope of her movement. This was an all-inclusive movement, for the freedom to express love in all its luminous forms.
And this is when Cindi unleashes her mighty strategem: the summoning of the “Electric Ladies”. Cindi calls to the corners of Metropolis: who will come and stand up for love in all its forms? For individuality in all its forms? Who has the bravery to not be marginalized, or frightened, and preach the feminine truth of all life, and its mysteries, that alights in every heart?
In the hearts and minds of the crowd (male/female/droid, etc), she assembled the first weapon: the understanding that all love . . is one.
And this understanding is an impetus to put that love, the love within the individual, into action. Express thyself, express thy love. Because knowledge doesn’t apply itself, and the first desire of love is to give, inn’it? So Cindi summoned the Electric Ladies, and the ladies in the crowd searched their hearts, and Electric Ladies were born in the crowd that night, dancing in the trees, loving themselves, loving others, harmonious, breaking all the rules, confident, mysterious, and influential. Oooh shock it!
And then, Cindi disappears again . .
"Good Morning Midnight" fully illustrates the affect this had on the droid populace, who had begun their own non-violent rebel alliance. The underground (Wondaground?) was a-buzz with celebration, their minds had been freed with the fiery essence of Cindi’s message. Parties were arranged, bringing all forms of life, droids, clones, humans, cyborgs, and everyone in-between to assemble and love, mingle, and unite. And as DJ Crash Crash admonishes, violent protests are deeply discouraged, a message that vibrates to Dr. King, and our next spiritual weapon: non-violence.
Ms. Monae is a tricky sleuth to add this vital element to her record of Mayweather in “the Electric Lady”. (If you feel your stories crossing, refer to the numerous letters of Max Stellings, Vice Chancellor of the Palace of the Dogs Arts Asylum. Monae, until recently, has been in this said asylum, channeling and recording Cindi’s communications, through time.) The non-violent element of Cindi’s movement only strengthens its vibration, for to live is to give, and like magic, the vibratory nature of Nature itself seeks to travel and connect. To harm one is to harm the whole, and with our new understanding (weapon) that all love is one, it would be counter-productive to violently impose change on the masses, which only results in fixed opinion and resentment. The only sensible way to approah the people was from a place of non-violence. The science behind Janelle’s Counter-Voodoo is unprecedented. We are in the wake of a very real revolution.
But what sort of non-violent movement is this? Are we going to blow up a clock-tower? Like in “V for Vendetta”? Is Cindi going to assassinate members of the Droid Control and Great Divide, one by one? Clearly the answer is no, but lets explore the Archandroid mythology. Whenever there is a Messiah, there is the supposed concept of Divine Election. In other words, only the Chosen One can perform miracles, and it rests on their shoulders to drive the movement. But this mythos contains a hidden deception: that we, ourselves, cannot perform the same miracles as Jesus, or the Buddha, etc, and are (by implication) imperfect.
Cindi recedes into the shadows of Who-Knows-Where once more, to gather herself. She has given the people two weapons: all love is one, and non-violence. But what does she do from here, as things heat up in Metropolis? Cindi looks into the heart of her mission, and its cause: Anthony Greendown.
TO BE CONTINUED . .