Janelle Monáe is capping off an amazing promo cycle for her GRAMMY-nominated album Dirty Computer with a brand-new video for “Crazy, Classic, Life.” The striking visual comes straight out of the original emotion picture that previously aired on MTV and BET back in April. Monáe expressed her gratitude for all the support surrounding the full-length project in a press statement.
“It’s the end of an electric year. And I’m so very thankful for so many things. So very thankful for all of you that have helped the ‘Dirty Computer’ album become a movement of love around the world,” she said. “In this spirit of thankfulness, I’ve decided to share one of my favorite things from this year with you: the standalone visuals for CRAZY CLASSIC LIFE from the ‘DIRTY COMPUTER’ emotion picture. This video was so incredibly fun to make because director Alan Ferguson brought all my hovercar dreams to life! And I had a world of fun with the Django Janes and Zen (played by the incomparable Tessa Thompson) and Che off in the future, dancing while changing the world. This one is for all the dirty computers out there! Never forget, ‘We are not America’s nightmare, we are the American dream.'”
Deadline recently reported that Monáe will portray activist Dorothy Pittman Hughes in the Gloria Steinem biopic The Glorias: A Life on the Road alongside Julianne Moore and Alicia Vikander. She’ll also be starring in an upcoming Harriet Tubman biopic and the animated movie Ugly Dolls. Last month, Monáe inked a first-look production deal with Universal Pictures. According to Variety, the agreement will allow Wondaland Pictures to produce “multi-genre content with an emphasis on championing underrepresented voices and groundbreaking perspectives.”
In other news, H.E.R. made her solo debut on NPR’s Tiny Desk. Peep the performance right here.