Janelle Monae is prepping her first album in five years, Dirty Computer, and today (Feb. 24), we get a taste of the project on the new song, “Django Jane.”
The track finds JM tapping into a hip-hop vein and seriously going hard with the rap bars. The singer chooses a heavy-hitting track, as the punching bass kicks drive the instrumental. “This is my palace, champagne in my chalice/I got it all covered like a wedding band,” she raps. “Wondaland, so my alias is Alice/And we gon’ start a motherfuckin’ pussy riot/Or we gon’ have to put ’em on a pussy diet/Look at that, I guarantee I got ’em quiet/Look at that, I guarantee they all inspired/A-town, made it out there/Straight out of Kansas City, yeah we made it out there/Celebrated, graduated, made it pass/fail/Sassy, classy, Kool-Aid with the kale.”
The visual is directed by Andrew Donoho and finds Janelle playing the role of crown-holder as she takes he place on her throne, while surrounded by a group of women who look like they mean business. They later break out into a choreographed dance routine while Janelle spits her bars.
Dirty Computer will be the follow-up album to Janelle’s critically-acclaimed LP, Electric Lady, which featured Prince, Solange, Esperanza Spalding, Erykah Badu and Miguel on the hit single, “PrimeTime.” The new album is slated to drop on April 27.