Janelle Monáe released a new video for her single “I Like That.” In the eye-popping clip, the singer dons futuristic costumes and congregates among other digitally imposed Monáes. She reclines in a bathtub during her rapped verse, in which she blasts a former classmate who called her “weird” and “rated [her] a six.”
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The singer also announced a North American tour behind her upcoming third LP, Dirty Computer. The 28-date trek launches June 11th in Seattle and concludes August 4th in the singer’s hometown of Atlanta. General public tickets for most dates go on sale Wednesday, May 2nd via Live Nation. Each online U.S. ticket purchase will include a standard digital copy of Dirty Computer.
“I Like That” is the fourth single from Monáe’s highly anticipated follow-up to 2013’s The Electric Lady, following “Make Me Feel,” “Django Jane” and “Pynk.” Dirty Computer is out April 27th; one day prior, the singer will release a 44-minute short film – or “emotion picture” – on MTV and BET.
Monáe offered Rolling Stone a plot synopsis of the film. “Dirty Computer is a near-future story that takes place in a totalitarian society,” she said. “I play a citizen, living life, finding love, being myself in a society where that makes me an outlaw, something ‘dirty’ that the society needs to get rid of. I think it speaks to where we are right now, and what we’ve gone through recently as black millennials, and as women, and as Americans.”