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Singer Janelle Monae is certainly coming out of her shell …

To kick off the new year, the 29-year-old superstar took an extended vacay in the tropics, surrounded by a handful of her closest friends.

“Bae” wrote a friend of Monae’s, Mykal Monroe, who shared the above image via Instagram, showcasing the “Primetime” recording artist in a red-hot bikini complimented by a gorgeous curly coif and embroidered cover-up.

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Monae and her crew later dined at a local hot spot and went dancing.

Is it just us or does Monae look better than ever?!

For more images of Monae’s red-hot bikini poses, check out the gallery below.

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