Ahead of the release of her new album, “Dirty Computer,” Janelle Monáe debuted a new song and video that has many on social media talking.
Meet “Pynk,” Janelle Monáe’s poppy, bubbly and seductive new single.
In the music video, Monáe dances, parties and hangs out with other black women, including her co-star, Tessa Thompson. From the song to the video, everything in “Pynk” celebrates women.
Directed by Emma Westenberg, the “Pynk” music video starts with Monáe and her friends in a futuristic pink car. Then, the beats start and so does the party. But what really set social media ablaze was Thompson’s appearance between Monáe’s legs.
In February, Monáe dropped her first two singles, “Make Me Feel” and “Django Unchained.” The first was a “Prince” influenced track with many references to the artist in the video. Thompson also co-starred with Monáe as the singer danced with both men and women in the video.
“Django Unchained” is a rap number with striking visuals. She said in a statement that the song was “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.”
It’s been five years since Monáe released her last album.
In 2016, Monáe starred in movies “Hidden Figures” and “Moonlight,” earning acclaim for both. With “Dirty Computer,” she is mixing eye-popping visuals, her personal style and a futuristic sound.