You can never go wrong with new music from Janelle Monáe.
The talented multi-hyphenate, who stars in the upcoming film Antebellum, has released the single “Turntables” which will be featured in the Amazon Studios documentary All In: The Fight For Democracy.
“I, like a lot of people just as humans, especially being Black in America, I’ve been experiencing a lot of trauma around seeing black bodies murdered, like humans murdered,” Janelle said to Zane Lowe. “I struggle with talking about it because it is like a wound that we’re reopening. We’ve been screaming Black Lives Matter. We’ve been understanding where our ancestors came from and the fact that I’m here not because I asked to be here, but because my ancestors were stolen and we were forced to be here. So there’s a connection between the past the present and what could be the future if we continue. And I say, as humans continue to let black people suffer. And so I’ve been emotionally debilitated, but I got an opportunity to get back into the studio to talk about or to create lyrics that [doesn’t] keep us reminded of that trauma, but keep us moving forward and remind us that things are changing.
“We are changing things. The tables are turning. The rooster has come home to roost,” she continued. “So this song is capturing direction. And when you think about a record, when you think about a record spinning, when you think about the revolutions per minute, it’s all connected. And that is what this song means. 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.”
All In arrives in select theaters on September 9, before hitting Amazon Prime video on September 18. Listen to “Turntables” below.