Janelle Monáe is back with new music. The singer, songwriter and rapper has shared a fresh song called ‘Turntables’.
The track is lifted from the upcoming documentary All In: The Fight for Democracy, a forthcoming Amazon Studios film on voter suppression that features Stacy Abrams. All In: The Fight for Democracy is directed and produced by Liz Garbus and Lisa Cortés. It is slated to hit select theaters on September 9 and arrives on Amazon Prime Video on September 18.
“This song doesn’t mean that I’m the leader, that I’m here to tell you what to do, how to fix things. I’m simply watching, examining and wanting to highlight all of the people who are on the front lines, fighting for our democracy, fighting against racial inequalities, fighting against white supremacy, fighting against systemic racism and systemic oppression. So this song is to keep us motivated. This song is to lift up and keep us galvanized when we’re fatigued. And this song is really for the people,” Janelle told Zane Lowe about the Nate “Rocket” Wonder-produced track on Apple Music this morning.
Listen to the song below.
She also addressed how it’s important for artists in this climate to stay transparent. “No this ain’t the season, in my opinion, for artists to dilute their feelings. Transparency can take you on the road to empathy and better understanding of one another, and that’s what I’m realizing. There’s power in saying, “I don’t have it together”, or “This is how I’m feeling in this moment”, there’s a connection that you will make that you won’t even know you’ve made, but there’s more power in that than to be politically correct.”