Janelle Monáe via YouTube

A little crazy, little sexy, little cool
Little rough around the edges but I keep it smooth
I’m always left of center and that’s right where I belong
I’m the random minor note you hear in major songs
And I like that
I don’t really give a fuck if I was just the only one ...

Guys, we tried, J. Cole tried, but to no avail: We could not let Janelle Monáe go this week. Oh me, oh me, oh me, oh me, oh my, the actress and singer keeps coming through with bops, and we just can’t help it: We like that.


This week, we got not only a sexy and sweet slow jam about individuality from the “Pynk” songstress, but also an announcement that Monáe’s upcoming album, Dirty Computer, due out April 27, will be accompanied by the premiere of a 44-minute “emotion picture” the day before, starring Monaé and consistent co-star Tessa Thompson.


Monáe told Billboard: “Dirty Computer is a near-future story about a citizen who finds love and danger in a totalitarian society. She’s an outlaw because she’s being herself. ... Overall, I wanted to reflect what’s happening in the streets right now, and what might happen tomorrow if we don’t band together and fight for love.”

To kick off her new release, the Dirty Computer visual will be aired on MTV, BET and affiliated channels April 26, and lucky fans in Los Angeles and New York City can catch up with the artist in person if they RSVP here for Q&A sessions on April 23 and 27.

We’ve sent in our RSVP, but while we await confirmation, we’ll just be over here luxuriating in the silky sounds of Ms. Monáe, who has penned our anthem of the week. Because we like that—and we don’t really give a fuck if we were just the only ones.

Janelle Monáe via YouTube

Honorable mention: Chaka Khan’s “I’m Every Woman,” which turned 40 this week!