Discussion in 'Pop & Justice' started by LE0Night, Feb 16, 2018.
Really excited to see how the entire soundscape of the album plays out.
Here's the full press release:
Kinda felt like Dua was doing a Miguel impression on her verse. It's a bop though.
I remember when Q.U.E.E.N. came out and strangely my local rhythmic station would only play the Solidisco remix of it.
Lemme dive back into her past releases now.
Tag me when the vinyl pre-order is up sistren!
I love Born This Way a lot but I firmly believe that The ArchAndroid is the album of the 2010s. What a damn masterpiece.
I can't recall any of her previous stuff but Make Me Feel is a smash. Give her the £100, Peter.
What about Visions or Art Angels?
I just love stanning talent especially when they continually give you life with each release.
They’re both up there too! Genesis is one of my favorite songs of all time
I’m listening to The Electric Lady for the first time in years and how did I forget what a moment the last minute of Q.U.E.E.N (and the transition into the title track) is? Fuck.
It's been so long since I heard an instant classic that I'd forgotten what it felt like. One way or another Make Me Feel will be a #1 hit.
Holy shit I feel like I've walked into Dirty Mind and I am living.
Speaking of Grimes...
My favorite Janelle song so far:
The chorus is perfect.
“You know, I spend a lot of time in the future,” Monáe says, her sheer warmth and sincerity cancelling out any self-parody, as she nods to her cyborg persona. “But to help the future sometimes you got to go back to the past, and sometimes you got to stay in the present.”
Monáe says the toughest part about staying living in the present in 2018 is moving forward in a world without her chief musical mentor. “It’s difficult for me to even speak about this because Prince was helping me with the album, before he passed on to another frequency,” she says. His sudden death was “a stab in the stomach. The last time I saw him was New Year’s Day. I performed a private party in St Bart’s with him, and after we sat and just talked for five hours. He was one of the people I would talk to about things, him and Stevie Wonder.” Both were among her earliest champions. Before The ArchAndroid was released, she sent each of them a copy, on CD-R, with a handwritten track list.
Prince not only encouraged her then, he lobbied for her first BET awards appearance and he performed on Electric Lady; when he died, he and Monáe were “collecting sounds” for Dirty Computer. “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,” Monáe says. She laughs a little. “He would probably get me for cussin’, but Prince is in that ‘free motherfucker’ category. That’s the category when we can recognise in each other that you’re also a free motherfucker. Whether we curse or not, we see other free motherfuckers. David Bowie! A free motherfucker. I feel their spirit, I feel their energy. They were able to evolve. You felt that freedom in them.”
I so wish we got a video for this
The whole article is amazing but kind of heart wrenching. Ugh, I love her.
“I dedicate a lot of my music to Prince, for everything he’s done for music and black people and women and men, for those who have something to say and also at the same time will not allow society to take the dirt off of them. It’s about that dirt, and not getting rid of that dirt,” she says, referring back to “the things that made us special” mentioned in the trailer.
Bowie and Prince probably did get scared too, Monáe reckons; her own risk is admitting her fears, which would seem to point to still more revelations to come in the full album. “Sticking up for those who are often left behind and don’t have a voice – doing that was one thing on film, but doing that in music is different because it’s all you,” she says. “So I can’t sit back here and tell you I’m confident and fearless. I’m terrified right now. Like, I don’t know how my family’s gonna react, I don’t know what people are going to say.”
What is the worst they could say? The thing she is most afraid of? She takes a deep breath. “I’m about to cry,” she says, and dabs briefly at her eyes as she collects herself. “I think – rejection. This may all be in my head, ’cause I have a tendency to overthink shit – I know that about myself. But I think: rejection. This started with me, with my feelings. But people want me to be an image that’s in their mind; what held me back was that I represent something to so many people and people put all this pressure on me to be just this one thing.”
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