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From her music, to her style, to her outspoken politics, Janelle Monáe has always walked to the beat of her own drum, and supported her fellow artists every step of the way. And a new partnership between Monae to allowing Monáe to expand her empire alongside the other acts signed to the label.
Her boutique record label, Wondaland, which always had a family feel — Monáe cites P. Diddy and Jay Z as major mogul influences — recently entered a joint venture with Epic Records.
According to Billboard,
Monae has run Wondaland as an imprint for several years, but began to ramp up late in 2013. She and all the artists met with several majors and got interest from many — including Monae’s home label Atlantic — but collectively made the decision to join forces with Epic after meeting with CEO L.A. Reid and president Sylvia Rhone.
The partnership’s first major release comes out in May of this year. The release will be a 5-song EP, The Eephus, and will feature tracks from rapper Jidenna, Roman, St. Beauty, Deep Cotton and Janelle Monáe herself.