The six-time GRAMMY nominee has just released the first single off of her highly-anticipated upcoming album Dirty Computer.
The first, "Make Me Feel", has shades of early Prince, and shows Monáe making suggestive eyes and gyrating between a man and a woman in an '80s-style club. Whereas the "Make Me Feel" video is opulent in terms of color and sexuality, "Django Jane" has Monae sitting on a literal throne surrounded by courtiers as she raps over a much more subdued beat. Her talent has extended over the mic in recent years, with her starring roles in the award-winning films Moonlight and Hidden Figures.
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"Django Jane" finds the musician rapping, "We gonna start a motherfucking pussy riot/We gonna put them on a pussy diet", and "Black girl magic/Y'all can't stand it". Described as "an emotion picture by Janelle Monáe" in a teaser trailer, the album will be released with a narrative film project on 27 April. The video was directed by Andrew Donoho and Chuck Lightning, with additional vagina monologue footage directed by Lacey Duke. This will be her first album since 2013's The Electric Lady. "You know, this is an extremely vulnerable album and it took me a while to make it because I'm a self editor". Beneath that, though there's no tracklist yet, you can check out the album artwork and you can preorder Dirty Computer here.
The album is available now for pre-order and the new videos can be seen below.