Prince and Janelle Monae had a great relationship ever since she performed at the 2010 BET Awards when he received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Well, with her new album ‘Dirty Computer’ coming out soon, she reveals that Prince worked on her new album. She told Billboard,
“Prince actually was working on the album with me before he passed on to another frequency, and helped me come up with sounds. And I really miss him, you know, it’s hard for me to talk about him. But I do miss him, and his spirit will never leave me.”
In an interview with The Guardian, she talks about Prince’s influence on her:
“I wouldn’t be as comfortable with who I am if it had not been for Prince. I mean, my label Wondaland would not exist without Paisley Park coming before us. He would probably get me for cussin’, but Prince is in that ‘free motherfucker’ category. That’s the category when we can recognize in each other that you’re also a free motherfucker. Whether we curse or not, we see other free motherfuckers. David Bowie! A free motherfucker. I feel their spirit, I feel their energy. They were able to evolve. You felt that freedom in them.”
Janelle Monáe’s new album Dirty Computer is due out April 27.