There’s a very good reason why Janelle Monáe’s huge new single sounds like Prince

The musician returned with the first two tracks from her upcoming 'Dirty Computer' album last week

Janelle Monáe collaborated with Prince on one of her two new singles, it has been reported.

The musician and actor returned last week with the first two tracks from her upcoming third solo album, ‘Dirty Computer’, titled ‘Django Jane’ and ‘Make Me Feel’. The latter sounded like it had been influenced by Prince, and now it has been claimed he wrote some of the track.

Lenka Paris, Prince’s DJ, wrote in a now-deleted Facebook post that the late icon had played her the synth line before his death. Describing it as “so futuristic and so good”, Paris said: “Last night I hear Janelle Monae’s new song. As soon as the synth came in, I went, ‘Oh shit! That’s it!’ He gave that to her.”

She continued to call Prince “such a pioneer, and so ahead of his time.” Paris also added that she had listened to Monáe’s interview on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show, and said ‘Make Me Feel’ “is brilliant”.

Last week, Monáe said that Prince had been “helping me with the album before he passed to another frequency”. She also praised him for the influence he had on, saying: “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 recognise in each other that you’re also a free motherfucker.”

‘Dirty Computer’ is set for release on April 27. It will be accompanied by a film, the release date of which is to be announced.