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He felt like she has something that was different – something new and fresh." Monáe signed to Bad Boy in 2006.

The Metropolis concept series draws inspiration from a wide range of musical, cinematic and other sources, ranging from Alfred Hitchcock to Debussy to Philip K. However, the series puts Fritz Lang's 1927 silent film Metropolis, which Monáe referred to as "the godfather of science-fiction movies", in special regard.

Aside from sharing a name, they also share visual styles (the cover for The Arch Android is inspired by the iconic poster for Metropolis), conceptual themes and political goals, using expressionistic future scenarios to examine and explore contemporary ideas of prejudice and class.

is an American recording artist, record producer, actress and model signed to her own imprint, Wondaland Arts Society, and Atlantic Records.

After making a mark with her first unofficial studio album, The Audition, she publicly debuted with a conceptual EP titled Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase), which peaked at number 115 on the Billboard 200 in the United States.

Big Boi told his friend Sean Combs about Monáe, whom at the time Combs had not yet heard.

Combs soon visited Monáe's My Space page and according to a Hit Quarters interview with Bad Boy Records A&R person Daniel 'Skid' Mitchell, Combs loved it straight away: "[He] loved her look, loved that you couldn't see her body, loved the way she was dancing, and just loved the vibe.

[...] I began to see how music could change lives, and I began to dream about a world where every day was like anime and Broadway, where music fell from the sky and anything could happen.