Janelle Monáe knows how to handle multitudes. Her artistry has always been premised on nothing less than the scale and sweep of a generations-spanning, history-interrogating epic that brings a hyper-synthetic future and the sweaty, confused present into dialogue with each other. Today, she lifted the veil on her latest transmission, the spellbinding music video for ‘Crazy, Classic Life’, off her Grammy-nominated April 2018 Dirty Computer.
The six-minute video, which, in Monáe’s universe, is understood to be an “emotion picture”, is a Technicolour banner of her aesthetic and personal philosophies. Amid scenes suffused in gorgeous, superlatively arresting hues, Monáe dramatises the tyranny of the majority via her science fiction story arc. Set in a dystopian future where a draconian regime oppresses an underclass of humanoids, the clip has the pacing of a high-stakes big screen blockbuster. But its import is born from the writ-in-blood urgency of now.
Watch it below.