Throughout her career, indie musician and performer Janelle Monae has consistently been true to her own artistic vision, and her new single, “I Like That” is a celebration of the individuality that has helped her gain so much positive attention from fans and critics. Rolling Stone Magazine has a preview of the tune, which is from Monae’s soon-to-be-released “Dirty Computer” album, on its website. Monae herself describes the album as an “emotion picture.”
“I Like That” has a slow, yet intricate 4/4 beat. In many respects, it’s like the beats on many current rap records; however, it’s not as fast. Synthesizers are used to create a dramatic sound that’s part cabaret, part 1980’s, and Monae’s powerful voice, of course, makes the track ascendant.
The lyrics express the idea that it’s best to be true to yourself and to do what you want artistically even if you’re the only one who likes a particular style. Monae reflects on being younger and being teased for looking different and knowing that she was cool even as her feelings were hurt. As someone known for having an eclectic and unpredictable sense of style – Monae frequently performs in a tuxedo – it’s clearly a philosophy that she’s practiced as well as preached.
Personally, I think it’s awesome that Monae is putting out new music, and I’m guessing that “I Like That” will help her music, fashion and outlook reach a broader audience. Monae’s last record, the highly acclaimed “Electric Lady” came out in 2013, so it’s been a while since her fans have heard new material, and I’m confident that it will be worth the wait.