Prince Worked on Janelle Monáe’s Upcoming Album ‘Dirty Computer’

Janelle Monáe worked with the Purple One on her new album

Last week, Janelle Monáe dropped two new singles: the hard-hitting “Django Jane” and the sensual “Make Me Feel.” With “Me Me Feel,” you can instantly picked up the Prince influence .

It turns out the song wasn’t just influence by The Purple One; Prince actually worked on the song.

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Prince’s DJ, Lenka Paris, revealed the news over the weekend in a now-deleted Facebook post. Paris said she recognized the synth line used in Monáe’s new song, and knew instantly that Prince created it and played it for years ago:

Janelle has made it known that Prince had a big impact on her upcoming album Dirty Computer album. In interviews with The Guardian and BBC Monáe talked about the role the legendary artist played on the album.

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She told the BBC:

“Prince actually was working on the album with me before he passed on to another frequency, and helped me come up with sounds. I really miss him, it’s hard for me to talk about him.”

In her interview with The Guardian, Janelle talked about the impact Prince had on her career:

“I wouldn’t be as comfortable with who I am if it had not been for Prince. I mean, my label Wondaland would not exist without Paisley Park coming before us.”

Dirty Computer, Janelle Monáe’s first album in five years, comes out on April 27th.

Source: BBC, The Guardian

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