Janelle Monáe sat down with Billboard.com to talk about her new album and the collaborators on it including Pharrell. The album and film have certainly resonated, beautifully juxtaposing joy and sadness against the backdrop of Afrofuturism in a way that feels simultaneously accessible and ethereal. “Pharrell Williams has been a musical hero to me for a very long time and we collaborated on the Hidden Figures Soundtrack. He was one of the producers on the film and I was in the middle of writing Dirty Computer.
I saw that he was trying to tell the story of these three black women that nobody knew helped get our first astronaut into space. Talking to him, I felt like he was a great ally for women, and black women in particular. When he heard what my album was going to be about he said, “Let me know what I can do.” I called him for “I Got The Juice” so he could show his presence as an ally to women. I think it’s important that men and women work together to uplift women and fight for women’s rights, which are human rights.” Make sure to cop ‘I Got The Juice’ now on iTunes.
Janelle Monáe is set to release her third studio album titled ‘Dirty Computer’ featuring Zoë Kravitz, Brian Wilson, Mr Hudson, Organized Noize and Pharrell Williams among others. Janelle collaborated with Pharrell on the tune ‘I Got The Juice’ produced by Nate ‘Rocket’ Wonder, Inspired by the world-shaking visions of Wangechi Mutu and the glistening Mothership hanging on the top floor of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. The record is set to arrive April 27th via Wondaland Records/Epic/Sony. Make sure to cop the album on iTunes and check out the song below.
Janelle Monáe – Dirty Computer (2018)
01 – Dirty Computer feat. Brian Wilson
02 – Crazy, Classic, Life
03 – Take A Byte
04 – Jane’s Dream
05 – Screwed feat. Zoë Kravitz
06 – Django Jane
07 – Pynk feat. Grimes
08 – Make Me Feel
09 – I Got The Juice feat. Pharrell
10 – I Like That
11 – Stevie’s Dream
12 – Don’t Judge Me
13 – So Afraid
14 – Americans
By Wanda J Coppage. According to Variety ‘Hidden Figures‘was one that Pharrell Williams just couldn’t pass up and he “begged” the right people to be a part of the project. “After my producing partner Mimi Valdés and I heard about this project, we basically begged the producers and studio to allow us to participate,” revealed Williams according to Variety. “This is an extraordinary story about black women with genius mathematical minds who contributed to American history. It takes place in Virginia, my home state, and at NASA, a place I’ve been obsessed with since childhood.”
The full Official Trailer for the upcoming film Hidden Figures has just been released and it is everything! Not only does the film star Janelle Monáe in her first big screen role as NASA visionary Mary Jackson, but it also features the genius of super producer Pharrell Williams overseeing every aspect of the film’s full soundtrack and musical contributions.
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