Janelle Monáe Battles Drones In Futuristic ‘Screwed’ Video

Janelle Monáe is continuing to be a shining beacon of light in 2019. The artist dropped her critically acclaimed third studio album Dirty Computer in April 2018 and has just released her latest single from the album with “Screwed,” complete with a futuristic and sexy music video.

The new video once again features Tessa Thompson, who has appeared in Monáe’s earlier music videos for Dirty Computer. Monáe, Thompson and a group of friends wake up on the roof of a building in a futuristic society where drones track people’s every move. The group retreats to a dance party in the basement of the building, where Monáe sings about sex and politics. Zoë Kravitz is featured on the song but doesn’t appear in the video, possibly because the coolness of Kravitz, Thompson and Monáe is too much for a single frame to contain.

The stand-alone music video is part of Monáe’s ongoing visual story from Dirty Computer and follows the video for “Crazy, Classic, Life,” which she released in December 2018. Coinciding with the album’s release last spring, Monáe also dropped a 46-minute narrative film.

Dirty Computer is up for two Grammy awards this year, including Best Video of the Year for “Pynk” and Album of the Year. Monáe was recently announced as one of the performers for this year’s Coachella. The singer is also returning to Glastonbury for the first time since 2011, with the American artist set to headline the UK festival this year.

Monáe’s new video caps off an already impressive week, which included presenting her Moonlight director Barry Jenkins’ latest film, If Beale Street Could Talk, at Sunday’s Golden Globes ceremony. Monáe appeared at the annual award show in Chanel, and while there were many other celebs at the award show as well, all we saw was Janelle. Yas kween.