2016 saw the blossoming of Janelle Monáe
's acting career, after the singer/songwriter/producer/activist gave killer performances in the award-winning films Hidden Figures
. Before that, she released two albums, 2013's The Electric Lady
and 2010's The ArchAndroid.
Needless to say, the world has been in need of some new music from Monáe. She hasn't been quiet (she did some things on the side like a collaboration with Grimes
, plus she's been taking care of her own label, Wondaland Records), but... we need another full-length.
Luckily today, Monáe has announced her third LP and more. The album, entitled Dirty Computer
is set to release on April 27th along with a narrative film, which the artist calls an "Emotion Picture." Along with the announcement, Monáe gave us two videos for her new songs "Make Me Feel" and "Django Jane." The former is a foot-tapping, 80s-influenced ode to sexual tension and has Prince
written all over it. Her vocal is clear and upfront on top of a sleek, wobbly beat. The visual was directed by Alan Ferguson and features silhouettes of female figures and tons
The latter is jarringly contrasting; it's a black girl magic rap track about women empowerment. "We gave you life, we gave you birth / We gave you God, we gave you Earth / Within the future, don't make it worse," Monáe sings amongst other crazy good lines supporting a femme future. It was directed by Andrew Donoho and Chuck Lightning and, according to the press release, includes "additional vagina monologue footage" directed by Lacey Duke.
Dirty Computer is out on April 27th.