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Janelle Monáe is back!
Eight-time Grammy-nominee Monáe is floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee on the first single from her new era of music, “Float,” featuring Seun Kuti and Egypt 80.
“I don’t step, I don’t walk, I don’t dance, I just float, float, float, float,” she proudly says over horns and music by Seun Kuti, the son of famous Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, and Fela Kuti’s band Egypt 80.
“I'm light as a feather, I'm light as a feather, yeah, baby, I float,” she raps, “It's hard to look at my resume, hoo, and not find a reason to toast. She throwin' that thang in a circle, makin' in viral, I might just elope. Say, “Listen lil’ mama, you like shibari? Watch while I show you the ropes.’”
According to a press release, the song is inspired by “Muhammed Ali talking sh*t in Zaire, 1974, Jane’s evolution, Mary Poppins’ umbrella, Aladdin’s magic carpet, Ja Morant’s flotation to the rim while dunking on his ops, Sara Elise’s ropes, excerpts from Paramahmsa Nithyananda’s talks on levitation, Raul’s toast on Dec 1, and Bruce Lee’s mighty philosophy on being ‘shapeless, formless,’ and becoming one with your surroundings, to be like water.”
While Monáe hasn’t released a new album since 2018’s Dirty Computer, she has been busy in the meantime with acting roles. In 2020 she joined the main cast of the psychological thriller series Homecoming and starred in the time travel thriller Antebellum.
This last year she starred in Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery. She was a standout in a talented ensemble cast that also included Edward Norton, Dave Bautista, Kate Hudson, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom, Jr., and Jessica Henwick.
Listen to the song below.
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