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Dirty Computer

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Dirty Computer

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Author: Janelle Monáe
Publisher: Bad Boy Entertainment, 2018

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Tiptree Honor List and Hugo Award Finalist for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form

This visual music album follows the struggles, joys, incarceration, and eventual liberation of a queer, Black woman who is punished by a system that seeks to "cleanse" her of all elements in her life that deviate from the norm. She is sent to a prison in which her memories (each of which is a separate music video and an ode to mutual love in rebellion) will be erased. The workers in charge of the erasure, who sit back and enjoy the memories prior to destruction, serve as a sharp metaphor of the white supremacist, cisheteropatriarchal system that is obsessed with Black bodies and creativity while still remaining profoundly anti-Black. This concept album forms a cohesive science fictional narrative, introducing futuristic elements in a way that is rarely seen so explicitly in the medium, opening up new pathways for the musical exploration of feminist science fiction.

Track Listing

  1. "Dirty Computer" (featuring Brian Wilson), 1:59
  2. "Crazy, Classic, Life", 4:46
  3. "Take a Byte", 4:07
  4. "Jane's Dream", 0:18
  5. "Screwed" (featuring Zoë Kravitz), 5:02
  6. "Django Jane", 3:10
  7. "Pynk" (featuring Grimes), 4:00
  8. "Make Me Feel", 3:14
  9. "I Got the Juice" (featuring Pharrell Williams), 3:46
  10. "I Like That", 3:20
  11. "Don't Judge Me", 6:00
  12. "Stevie's Dream", 0:46
  13. "So Afraid", 4:04
  14. "Americans", 4:06

Total length: 48:42


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