Janelle Monáe has a new album dropping this year
Last week, Janelle Monáe announced that she was gearing up to release Dirty Computer, her first new album in five years. The singer announced the project by releasing a snazzy new trailer featuring Tessa Thompson.
Now the singer has just released the first two singles from the album.
The songs are “Django Jane,” which is literally a rap song, and “Make Me Feel,” which is a more traditional R&B song. With the release of the songs, Monae also dropped vides for each song.
The “Django Jane” video showcases Monae’s more aggressive side, while the video for “Make Me Feel” features a sensual Monae.
On Thursday, Janelle appeared on Zane Lowe’s World Record on Beats 1 on Apple Music. She talked about why it took so long for this album to come:
“You know I always knew that I had to make this album. I actually had this title on this concept before my first album The ArchAndriod and it scared me because a lot of the things that I knew that I needed to say were very deep, very personal, from the heart. You know this is an extremely vulnerable album and it took me a while to make it because I’m a self editor. I self edit myself a lot. I’m like I don’t want to talk about this, I don’t want to talk about that. I had to kind of have people at Wonderland on my team to hold me accountable to it. They were like OK, you said you wanted to make this album before your first album, this is the opportunity for you to just really choose honesty over mystery. I know that there are a lot of things that I haven’t discussed and I think this is the album that you’ll get an opportunity to get a closer glimpse into my mind and into my heart.”
Check out the visuals for “Django Jane” and “Make Me Feel” below.