Sci-fi loving Atlanta singer-rapper Janelle Monae brought her futuristic funk to Letterman’s stage last night via the above energetic performance of “Tightrope.” Unfortunately, Big Boi doesn’t pop up to do his guest verse from the studio version, but Monae’s band provides enough entertainment to make up for that. It’s kind of hard to believe that it took this long for someone to book Monae on TV, because her live performance has been hyped for more than year as can’t-miss. Nice James Brown cape-thing at the end here, too. Letterman and Diddy can dig it.
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