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Janelle Monae’s “Electric Lady” has a new music video! As the title track for her 2013 sophomore album, it’s only fitting that the music video for the song start with a one-minute long intro skit, leading into the 6 minute and 12 second long sorority living room dance-party. While Monae and her friends are adorably attractive in their futuristic retro “Electric Lady” letterman jackets, the intro skit is the only detracting aspect of the video, primarily because it is a blatant Samsung advertisement. Badly recorded audio mixed with awkward acting and overexposed camera shots, the whole thing amounts to a glorified demonstration of the camera on Samsung’s latest Smartwatch and shot of a Samsung phone. It is sweet, however, that Monae’s mother is featured at the beginning.
With sweet relief, the song starts, and the catchy R&B tune blends in retro funk with modern production. It’s clear the girls are in a fictional sorority called Electro Phi Beta and are headed for a college house party, set in what must be the nicest college sorority house in existence. The party opens with cameos from T.I., Estelle, Esperanza Spalding, T-Boz, Monica, Kimbra, Joi, choreographer Fatima Robinson, as well as others. It ends up being a killer sorority party, complete with black lights, a marching band out back by the pool (this sorority has a pool?!), with Monae parading as drum major, all to celebrate the “Electric Ladies” in Monae’s life.
Who are these “Electric Ladies” worth celebrating? First Lady Michelle Obama is one. In the press release that accompanied the music video release, Monae elaborated and included a quote from the First Lady herself: “I am honored to be the first Electric Lady… I love that [Janelle] is one of the young artists here who is making music that means something. She has a message. She has a voice. She has a power in her. And she understands the responsibility she has within her grasp to take these opportunities and just take off with them. She serves as a role model and an inspiration to so many young people. And I am happy to call her my friend. I am so proud of her.”
The music video for “Electric Lady” certainly makes you feel like celebrating all of the electric ladies in your life. Watch the music video here. For those interested in politics and music, check out FDRMX’s 5 Favorite Music Artists of World Leaders on the Encyclopedia of Music.