Janelle Monáe- "Tightrope (Wondamix feat. B.o.B and Lupe Fiasco)" VIDEO

As our five devoted readers know, all of us at TWS cannot get enough of Janelle Monáe. She can sing, dance, and when she bats those fake eyelashes and straightens her ubiquitous bowtie, I start searching travel websites for airplane tickets to Atlanta to declare my love for her in person. Her face makes baby seals look like, well, Seal. It's simply unfair.

The original "Tightrope" is voluptuous and sexy. The Wondamix is as if the original took up Tae-Bo. It's sleek and toned, with just a bass, break and distorted riff to support Lupe, Bobby, and the woman herself. B.o.B, himself an Dirty Dirty upstart, goes first and the urgency in his voice is counterbalanced by Lupe's smoothness, a vibe that perfectly underpins his role as the relatively elder statesman in the song. This all supports Janelle, as she confidently tears through bars like a young Queen Latifah.

In the end, the video isn't anything like the first "Tightrope," but it's totally worth it just to see Ms. Monáe rap in jodhpurs. It's an exhilarating experience to see three of the most exciting young bucks in hip-hop trade verses over this muscular beat, and it leaves me hungry for the next banger.

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