Dirty Computer is the third studio album by singer and actress Janelle Monae. It was released on April 27, 2018. This album serves as a follow up to her previous albums, The ArchAndroid (2010) and The Electric Lady (2013). This is also her first one to not be a part of the Cindi Mayweather's Metropolis narrative. Dirty Computer has different genres like funk, pop, neo soul, hip hop and R&B. Along with the album, Monae also released a 48 minute film on her YouTube channel titled Dirty Computer [Emotion Film]. You can watch the film on YouTube by clicking on the link you see below.
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Dirty Computer is about embracing those things that make other people feel uncomfortable while human society, queer, minorities, women, and poor can make you have bugs and viruses. On this track, Monae is an android version of herself called Jane57821. This is also the first collaboration between her and singer Brian Wilson as Janelle sings, "Dirty computer, walk in line/ If you look closer, you'll recognize/ I'm not that special, I'm broke inside/ Crashing slowly, the bugs are in me", and then she begins to talk about her systems failing because of her sexuality, race and gender with the lyrics, "Dirty computer, breaking down/ Picking my face up off the ground/ I'll love you in this space and time/ 'Cause baby, all I'll ever be is/ Your dirty computer/ Dirty computer".