2. “Ghetto Woman”
Janelle brings back the '90s in the best way possible: a powerful, funky ode to empowerment and self-sufficiency. The “ghetto woman,” strong for her perseverance and dreams, sheds the bigoted and dated roles people fit her into. Driving this message home is Monáe’s well-timed raps, delivered from someone who is speaking her autobiography. Those same hopes and wishes were to be found in a young girl from Kansas City, who grew up into a career that dreams are made of.