By Peter Bailey
It's ok to be yourself.
At least that's what Janelle Monae would like you to comes to terms with.
"I discover new things about myself all the time," explained Monae, sitting atop Highbar at Dream South Beach. "I'm not going to be a slave of my image or interpretation of what I think that I can be, nor will I allow myself to be a slave to anyone else's interpretation of who Janelle Monae is."
With a plethora of sounds flooding your airwaves, it's the harmony of self the Kansas City, Kansas native wants you to tune in to.
Monae has quickly emerged as the cause célèbre of sorts to breathe life into rhythm and blues, a genre many feel is on life support.
"With this album I wanted to make sure that rhythm and blues stayed very prominent in my music," she explained. "Soul music is just a part of my DNA... that's what sticks."
Her new musical tour de force, "The Electric Lady," is an anthem of sorts for self-realization as she continues her crusade to empower the "other" and re-awaken black soul.
She enlisted the help of Prince, Miguel and Erykah Badu as well as inspiration from legends like Bo Diddley.
"[Bo Diddley] was one of the pioneers. He was a black man," explained Monae. "R&B music from the beginning inspired rock-n-roll artists and acts like The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and Elvis Presley. This man inspired them. It's only right we continue on that legacy."
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LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 19: (L-R) Presenters Erykah Badu and Janelle Monae speak onstage during the 2013 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 19, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Janelle Monae performs at the second weekend of the 2013 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on Saturday, April 20, 2013 in Indio, Calif. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 20: Singer Janelle Monae performs at 2013 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival - Weekend 2 at the Empire Polo Club on April 20, 2013 in Indio, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Coachella)
Janelle Monae in concert at Pearl Theater, Palms Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas.
In this picture made available on Wednesday, July 7, 2010, US singer Janelle Monae performs on the Miles Davis Hall stage at the 44th Montreux Jazz Festival, in Montreux, Switzerland, late Tuesday, July 6, 2010. (AP Photo/Keystone, Jean-Christophe Bott)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 21: Janelle Monae attends BlackBerry Z10 Launch Event at Best Buy Theater on March 21, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 28: Janelle Monae speaks during the Leading Women Defined: Dorothy Height Luncheon at Ritz Carlton Hotel on February 28, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images for BET)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Recording artist Janelle Monae attends Warner Music Group's 2013 Grammy Celebration at Chateau Marmont's Bar Marmont on February 10, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 02: Singer Janelle Monae performs onstage at Bud Light Presents Stevie Wonder and Gary Clark Jr. at the Bud Light Hotel on February 2, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images for Bud Light)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 24: UN Messenger of Peace Stevie Wonder (L) and singer Janelle Monae perform during the United Nations Day Concert at United Nations on October 24, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 13: Janelle Monae (L) and Alicia Keys attend BET's Black Girls Rock 2012 at Paradise Theater on October 13, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for BET)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 13: Singer Janelle Monae speaks onstage at BET's Black Girls Rock 2012 at Paradise Theater on October 13, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for BET)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - JUNE 03: Singer Janelle Monae arrives at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards held at Gibson Amphitheatre on June 3, 2012 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - JUNE 01: Singer Nate Ruess of Fun (L) and singer Janelle Monae perform at rehearsals for the 2012 MTV Movie Awards on June 1, 2012 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Janelle Monae attends the 'Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: Janelle Monae performs live on stage during the second day of the Wireless Festival at Hyde Park on July 2, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Jim Dyson/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Musicians Janelle Monae and Bruno Mars attend the 'Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty' Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 13: Singer Janelle Monae performs onstage during The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on February 13, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 13: Singers Beyonce and Janelle Monae attend The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on February 13, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images For The Recording Academy)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Producer Clive Davis and singer Janelle Monae arrive at the 2011 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute To Industry Icons Honoring David Geffen at Beverly Hilton on February 12, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images For The Recording Academy)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 10: Janelle Monae attends the Ralph Lauren celebration of Fashion's Night Out at Ralph Lauren Soho on September 10, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for Ralph Lauren)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 27: Singer Janelle Monae performs a tribute to Prince onstage during the 2010 BET Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on June 27, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)