Video Review: Janelle Monáe – PYNK

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Janelle Monáe goes viral with ‘pussy power’ anthem
Janelle Monáe left us waiting for years for new music, but now that she is back, she is meaning business and then some. After focusing on her acting career with roles in Oscar winning movies Moonlight and Hidden Figures, she made her return as a musician earlier this year with the powerful two punch of singles ‘Make Me Feel’ and ‘Django Jane’. Her new album Dirty Computer will be released on the 27th of April and her latest single and video ‘PYNK’ are currently going viral!

By the time of writing, Janelle Monáe’s ‘PYNK’ video made its way into the top 10 trending videos on YouTube with over one million views within a day. The track features backing vocals from Canadian artist Grimes. ‘PYNK’ starts out as an understated R&B tune with a slick production, but has a surprising electric guitar driven climax that serves as a chorus. Lyrically it is all about female empowerment, which becomes apparent in the video, directed by Emma Westenberg. “PYNK is a brash celebration of creation. self love. sexuality. and pussy power!”, Monáe explains. “PYNK is the color that unites us all, for pink is the color found in the deepest and darkest nooks and crannies of humans everywhere…”

Monáe is seen wearing pants that resemble the female parts, shows that there is nothing wrong with a bit of pubic hair and most of all is united with the women around her. The choreography scenes remind me of Solange’s recent work, which revolved around the empowerment of black women too, using beautifully choreographed and directed videos go support the music. Monáe is seen cuddling with actress Tessa Thompson, who at one point appears in between Monáe’s legs, which the internet is interpreting as a confirmation of the rumour that the two are dating. What matters most however is that Janelle dropped an unconventional, unapologetic, powerful anthem and statement!

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