Janelle Monáe has released an incredible bisexual anthem just in time for Mardi Gras. Truly, we are all blessed.
Her first video clip in five years (one of two she just dropped) is like the San Junipero episode of Black Mirror come to life with more colour-pop lips and better beats.
Called Make Me Feel, it stars two versions of Monáe: the one rocking the power suit, and the one strutting into the club with Tessa Thompson, the woman and actress Monáe has long been linked to. (She’s always resisted defining her sexuality, but describes herself to The Guardian as “sexually liberated”.)
“It’s like I’m powerful with a little bit of tender,” she sings, as she flings herself between Thompson and some random hot dude. “An emotional, sexual bender.”
“Categorize me, I defy every label.” – Janelle Monáe— Trudy (@thetrudz) February 22, 2018
“You cannot police me, so get off my areola.” – Janelle Monáe
Even the colours fading from pink to blue – while yes, very 80s – are literally the bisexual pride flag.
It’s also an unapologetic Prince tribute, and the most joyous thing you’ll see today. Please watch immediately.
The other video clip Monáe dropped today is Django Jane, where she sits atop a throne and spits bars about female empowerment for three solid minutes.
“Hit the mute button, let the vagina have a monologue,” she raps. “Mansplaining, I fold ’em like origami. What’s a wave baby? This a tsunami.”
Both clips come ahead of her first LP in five years, Dirty Computer, which is set to drop April 27. Watch the teaser for it below and tell me you don’t get shivers (and serious Lemonade vibes, tbh).