Last April, Janelle Monáe released her acclaimed album, Dirty Computer. It was led by the duo lead singles “Make Me Feel” and “Django Jane,” and upon the album’s release, it came with a 48-minute “emotion picture.” Following a summer tour across North America and a recent nomination for Album of the Year at the 2019 Grammys, Janelle is now continuing the Dirty Computer era with more music videos. Today, “Crazy, Classic, Life” gets its own clip; it’s taken from the aforementioned emotion picture that came with the full album.
“Crazy, Classic, Life” starts with a man – Reverend Sean McMillan – speaking about issues plaguing America today. Then “Crazy, Classic Life” kicks in, Janelle singing about all the freedoms and joys she wants out of her life. Its celebratory sound is hopeful and light, but don’t mistake it for naiveté. The song ends with a completely different tone: rapped lyrics that foreshadow “Django Jane” later on. Social and political issues get in the way of the “Crazy, Classic, Life” Janelle desires – the one we all deserve.
Its music video – ripped from the Dirty Computer emotion picture – starts with a clip of “I Got That Juice” as Janelle and her friend drive down an empty highway. After a routine traffic stop, a trio of women get out of the trunk and the full group cruises toward their destination, singing and dancing to as they go. They arrive at a busy hilltop party, highlighting diversity and eclecticism among its crowd. Things go well until the party’s violent end, just as the song closes.
Watch the music video for “Crazy, Classic, Life” below:
“Crazy, Classic, Life” appears on Janelle’s latest album, Dirty Computer. You can buy Dirty Computer on iTunes or stream it on Spotify now. The album also comes with Janelle’s singles “Make Me Feel,” “Django Jane,” “Pynk,” and “I Like That.”
Enjoy the new “Crazy, Classic, Life” music video, and keep checking back for all the latest Janelle Monáe music news.
If you haven’t seen it already – or just want to revisit it – check out the full Dirty Computer emotion picture below. The “Crazy, Classic, Life” clip begins at 4:05.