Janelle Monáe Teams Up With Grimes For New Girl Power Anthem ‘PYNK’

Janelle Monáe and Grimes are back at it. The pair has teamed up once again for “PYNK,” a new song from Monáe’s upcoming album Dirty Computer—the artist’s most personal and political piece of work yet.

The new track arrives with a music video showcasing that Monáe’s third studio album will be anything but subtle. “PYNK” is unapologetically sexual and feminist with Monáe and her dancers adorn in magenta-hued pants that, when opened, reveal layers of ruffles that deliberately echo vaginas.

As outlined in the video’s description, “PYNK is a brash celebration of creation. self love. sexuality. and pussy power! PYNK is the color that unites us all, for pink is the color found in the deepest and darkest nooks and crannies of humans everywhere… PYNK is where the future is born….”

Taking place in the desert for what seems to be a joyous coming-out party, the music video stars actor Tessa Thompson (Thor, Annihilation) and is directed by Emma Westenberg.

But this isn’t the first offering from Dirty Computer.

“PYNK” follows the release of the Prince-esque jam “Make Me Feel” and the tough rap “Django Jane.” Both tracks see Monáe once again using her platform to enact social change by tackling the topic of gender norms and promoting black girl magic.

The jaw-dropping visuals and bold lyrics that Monáe and collaborator Grimes put together in “PYNK” directly relate to themes introduced in these first two singles.

In “Django Jane,” Monáe talks about wanting to “paint the city pink,” while in “Make Me Feel,” she dances as a woman thrilled to be caught between Thompson and an intrigued man, before ultimately deciding she can have both.

This also isn’t the first time Monáe and Grimes have worked together.

The pair previously collaborated on Grimes’ “Venus Fly,” which appeared on her 2015 LP Art Angels. The song later received a music video and a behind-the-scenes documentary.

Grimes wrote about the new collaboration with Monáe in an Instagram post, saying she feels “blessed to b in the presence of [Monáe’s] greatness.”


While Grimes is working on new music of her own, Monáe’s Dirty Computer is set to be released on April 27.