The past few years, Janelle Monáe has focused most of her attention on her rising acting career. She scored big with the one-two punch of Moonlight and Hidden Figures and can next be seen in Robert Zemeckis’ The Women of Marwen. It’s good to see the 32-year-old singer hasn’t forgotten about her roots. She’s back and with two fantastic singles.
Dirty Computer, out April 27, will be Monáe’s third studio album. It’s her first LP since Electric Lady released in 2013. She kicks off her new era with “Make Me Feel” and “Django Jane.” The former is a funky banger which finds Janelle channeling a little Prince. The latter is an urban number, celebrating black girl magic. It’s powerful.
“Make Me Feel”, directed by Alan Ferguson, captures the spirited, celebratory voice of Monáe as she affectionately nods to the ripe sounds surrounding the 1980’s music and dance revolution. Delivering electric vocals, pop hooks and confident, female-driven lyrics, Monáe brings the song to life in a vibrantly colored video highlighted by provocative silhouettes moving across the screen. “Django Jane” underscores Monáe’s ability to unleash her biting, unapologetic flow in a song that embraces contradictions as part of the beauty of individuality. The video was directed by Andrew Donoho and Chuck Lightning with additional vagina monologue footage directed by Lacey Duke. The song is a powerful black girl magic womanifesto that celebrates the strength of black women and black culture while addressing the trials and tribulations of identity in the 21st Century.”
While both are fantastic, I prefer “Make Me Feel.” Not surprising since I adore Prince. Check out both clips below. It’s nice to see Janelle deviate from her usual black/white ensembles. Color looks good on her.