Janelle Monáe praises “free motherfucker” Prince

Elaborating on the title, she said: "I feel their spirit, I feel their energy. They were able to evolve. You felt that freedom in them.”

Janelle Monáe has spoken about the lasting influence of Prince on her life and career, lauding the late artist as “a free motherfucker” in a new interview.

Monáe is currently gearing up to release her third solo album ‘Dirty Computer’, which is set for release on April 27.

Monáe has now shed light on the huge influence that Prince has had on her career, telling The Guardian that the late artist “was helping me with the album before he passed on to another frequency.”

“[Prince’s death was] a stab in the stomach,” Monáe revealed. “The last time I saw him was New Year’s Day. I performed a private party in St Bart’s with him, and after we sat and just talked for five hours. He was one of the people I would talk to about things, him and Stevie Wonder.

“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,” Monáe continued. “He would probably get me for cussin’, but Prince is in that ‘free motherfucker’ category. That’s the category when we can recognise 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.

“I dedicate a lot of my music to Prince, for everything he’s done for music and black people and women and men, for those who have something to say and also at the same time will not allow society to take the dirt off of them. It’s about that dirt, and not getting rid of that dirt,” she added.