Last night, Janelle Monáe celebrated the release her new album Dirty Computer with a Spotify-hosted listening party at Mack Sennett Studios in Los Angeles, CA. Featuring four staged scenes music videos from the project as well as cool activations such as a popcorn machine, gold bar, and graffiti mural arcade games, the venue brought the world art and Afruturism to life.
In attendance were 150 invited fans from Spotify's Fans First initiative, as well as notable figures like actor Terry Crews, recording artist Jidenna, Love & Hip Hop's Masika Kalysha, and 13 Reasons Why actress Ajiona Alexus. Paris Jackson, model Shaun Ross, political pundit Angela Rye, and MACRO founder and CEO Charles D. King were also spotted in the crowd.
Around 10:00 PM, Monáe emerged from backstage and made her way through the various sets the venue, performing songs from her project including “Screwed,””Django Jane,” “Make Me Feel,” “I Like That,” “PYNK” and “I Got the Juice.”
After her performance, Monáe thanked fans for coming and spoke more about the inspiration and journey the album coming together. She remarked: “When I was writing this album I had to decide who I was comfortable pissing f and who I wanted to celebrate.” She went on to proclaim, “To my LGBTQ family, I see you,” invoking her April 26 admission in her Rolling Stone interview where she came out as pansexual. She went on to also shout out black women, minorities, immigrants, and anybody considered a “dirty computer” to society. She concluding by reiterating what she had said on Hot 97's Ebro in the Morning: “Think freely, but not at the expense the oppressed.”
After the ficial festivities, the party continued well after 11:00 PM with New York-based DJ Kitty Kash spinning popular hits. Monáe joined guests on the dance floor while attendees made their way back to the bar. The energy in the room was uplifting and celebratory for an artist who not only had had a project come out, but expressed herself freely and continued standing up for human rights and change. Well done, Janelle Monáe.