Janelle Monáe: On New Album, Dirty Computer
How Dirty Computer caused her to embrace the unfamiliar and journey down a path of self-discovery.
Janelle Monáe knows how to get people talking, and after the spring release of her latest album, Dirty Computer, there is a lot to be said.
Monáe’s third full-length LP is not just filled with catchy riffs and memorable lyrics; it is a collection of anthems for change. Inside each track, one can find fearless celebrations of body positivity, and female empowerment, as well as lyrics that highlight the realities of racial injustice. We caught up with the singer to talk about the transformative album, and what went into making it.
“I want it to have an impact. I want people to come together around it,” Monáe said to Music Choice. “I feel a responsibility to my community. I think music, and I think performing, and I think artists, have the power to uplift and inspire,” she adds.
Known for her classic black and white uniform, these days, Janelle Monáe is seeing life in color. The visual representations of her album thus far boast a colorful array of pinks, representing a newfound vulnerability in Monáe’s work.
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“This particular project…was about embracing that gray area, understanding that as much as I love black and white, the world just don’t work like that…I don’t work like that,” says the singer.
As Music Choice celebrates Black Music Month this June, join us in recognizing Miss Monáe, and hear more of what she has to say in her full Artist of the Month episode.
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