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Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your account. Sydnee Monday: I think Janelle's sexual freedom is so connected to political messaging for me — like through all of this turmoil in the story, her flow is assured, her visuals are strong. Janelle Monáe is the past, present and future. Let's talk about the "memory" on the beach. You were dirty if you looked different. I'm thinking of the easy, laid back smooth-talking Janelle on the end of "Electric Lady.". Think about its topics: 1) the idea that life — and maybe one's sense of self — only exists if it's reflected in a magazine or on a screen ("I live my life in a magazine / I live my life on a TV screen") 2) anxiety and impending doom (2018 for everyone) and of course "Sex is power" — an idea which has already launched thousands of gender-studies classes and builds upon a quote that is popularly attributed, but probably never actually said, by Oscar Wilde: "Everything in the world is about sex except sex. This album really reached for the stars, and it sure succeeded. And I have to assume his sexual freedom helped her find her own. Live out loud, Janelle! The 5 years was well worth the wait, for a very well constructed concept depicted in an emotion picture. Sydnee Monday: The soundscape of "Crazy Classic Life," though! Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Sidney Madden: Seems she's materializing everything she's wanted to do on past albums. "Django Jane" is the first time I think she's rapped a whole track.

What are you getting from the black and white, Pilar? Pilar Fitzgerald: The cinematography for this video is super tight. In the “emotion picture” (what a beautifully evocative term) for the album Dirty Computer we’re presented with a rich and confident, feature length, work of art. Join Slate Plus to continue reading, and you’ll get unlimited access to all our work—and support Slate’s independent journalism. Sydnee Monday: She's getting reprogrammed? This song is clearly so personal. The message of "Django Jane" is so direct and piercing that it had to be delivered in the package of a rap. If you value our work, please disable your ad blocker.

Anastasia Tsioulcas: The beats and instrumental harmonies on "Take A Byte" are straight '80s. More carefree black women just living in their full color please! Sidney Madden: "I Like That" is my favorite song from her album so far. A Dream Inside of a Dream Wrapped Inside a Chalupa. The film was full of vibrant neon glows, and clean black and white camo. Sydnee Monday: Yes! Pilar Fitzgerald: She's always been a very good rapper — it's so great seeing her lean into it. Sidney Madden: The use of technology in these videos definitely reminds me of something out of Black Mirror. And if you were dirty, it was only a matter of time.”. So the themes of the film seems to be dystopian future, and sexual freedom and suppression? (Remember when experiencing new music was a communal exercise?). Or have a coat that looks like Tessa Thompson's in "Make me Feel"? I'm feeling how this is futuristic but also nostalgic at the same time. Pilar Fitzgerald: She's always played around with black and white, so all this use of color in the music videos — her "memories" — feels really significant.

Thank you to the incomparable & brilliant @TessaThompson_x for helping celebrate US (no matter if you have a vagina or not) all around the world ! You heard it here first! Sydnee Monday: Janelle Monae is the past, present and future. ( Log Out /  A summer mood. Pilar Fitzgerald: Reminds me of the transition from "Q. U. E. E. N." into "Electric Lady" on her last album.

And so that stark contrast feels so necessary given the purpose of the greater album as a whole. Pilar Fitzgerald: Yup, she's always had bars, but it's always been a verse here and there. She's lying on a table while technicians are wiping out her 'memories.' Janelle Monáe is fully basking in her freedom. From pansexual proclamations and Afro-futuristic lewks to paying homage to Prince and eloquently purging political statements through rose-colored lenses, Dirty Computer — both the album and what she calls an "emotion picture" — is a heroine's journey set to a symphony. Click here to watch Janelle Monáe’s Dirty Computer! Sidney Madden: Spoken word vibe, acoustic guitar — I've never heard her like this. When she's broken down in raps before, I've kind of tuned it out because it seemed like she was just trying to do something even if it didn't fit the song.

She's kissing both her male and female partners. Anastasia Tsioulcas: Those steampunk helmets at the beginning are pretty rad. Sydnee Monday: We mentioned these ideas on gender she's bringing up, the idea of "sex is power." The scenes from "Crazy Classic Life" are like an underground queer dance Mount Olympus. I feel like she's rapped before, but the flow is different. "Pynk" was the most popular video out of the ones she's released leading up to the album. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. She aspires to be a role model like he was for queer people.
We celebrate you . By joining Slate Plus you support our work and get exclusive content. However, Jane resists, but faces the ultimate reprogram: the Nevermind. In her interview with Hot 97, she says she hopes that black women feel seen, heard, and celebrated, and I did and I'm so thankful for her presence, especially in the midst of all the world's chaos. Pilar Fitzgerald: This song is so much more bubblegum pop than anything she's ever done. Her unbridled authenticity is a wonderful thing to see. She's always been an amazing spectacle and storyteller. Janelle Monáe has been teasing the Dirty Computer “emotion picture” (according to her, “a narrative film and accompanying musical album”) for a while now, but it’s finally here. "Django Jane" to "Pynk" is pretty jarring. There's pain, but there's no fear. Janelle is a human. Wonder whom she's got in mind? Dirty Computer is the third studio album by American singer Janelle Monáe, released on April 27, 2018 by Wondaland Arts Society, Bad Boy Records and Atlantic Records.

There are so many shades of pink to appreciate. ( Log Out /  Prince is in the instrumentation, he's in the choreography, he's in the visuals. Sydnee Monday: Can I live in this reality? She's both a woman and black and, of course, considering those identities and how they intersect.

Movie & TV guides. And if you were dirty, it was only a matter of time.” Janelle Monáe released emotion picture Dirty Computer with accompanying album. She's always loved a good orchestral interlude.

Sidney Madden: Oh, what has Mary Apple meant before? We see you . Pilar Fitzgerald: I associate her black and white with Janelle's Cindi Mayweather/Android persona, and so the use of color in this — it feels like she's coming alive. Pilar Fitzgerald: It's all so interesting how personal this love story is. Each of Monáe’s looks were highly editorial and abstract, appealing to the aesthetic of the picture. The film begins with a “dirty computer,” Jane 57821, who has been forced into a cleansing. People started vanishing, and the cleaning began. Pilar Fitzgerald: This is the pansexual anthem! Dirty Computer: An Emotion Picture is set to make its grand debut next week on the eve of her third studio album's release (April 27).

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