Janelle Monae is a boss ready to have fun.
Ever the chameleon, singer Janelle Monae proved just how versatile she can be today by dropping not one, but two new videos.
In “Make Me Feel”, Monae and actress Tessa Thompson head to party very clearly set in the 80s where another version of Monae sits at the center of the room. Party-goers mill about in various trends of the decade as the first Monae glides through flirting with everyone, even her second self. The video is reminiscent of Robert Palmer’s “Addicted to Love” video with girls dancing in synchronicity as Monae plays guitar.
“Make Me Feel” has a new wave meets Prince vibe that is infectious, but also still sounds modern and accessible to audiences today. The lyrics certainly appeal to the strong women of today.
It’s like I’m powerful with a little bit of tender
An emotional, sexual bender
Mess me up, yeah, but no one does it better
There’s nothing better
The video for “Django Jane” is on entirely on the other end of the spectrum. 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. The former is upbeat and fun while the latter is much more intense.
However, the lyrics are still just as strong.
Black girl magic, y’all can’t stand it
Y’all can’t ban it, made out like a bandit
They been trying hard just to make us all vanish
I suggest they put a flag on a whole nother planet
Monae makes a strong argument for not only how she changed her own stars from how her parents made a living to now winning awards and being a total badass in the song. It’s a fantastic song with a more than fitting video.
Both tracks, thanks to Pitchfork, will be featured on Monae’s forthcoming LP Dirty Computer. Of the album she said,
“I actually had this title on this concept before my first album The ArchAndroid, and it scared me because a lot of the things that I knew that I needed to say were very deep, very personal, from the heart. You know, this is an extremely vulnerable album and it took me a while to make it because I’m a self editor.”
Dirty Computer is set for an April 27th release.