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, a recent nomination for Album of the Year at the 2019 Grammys, and a music video for “Crazy, Classic, Life,” Janelle is back with the music video for an album highlight, “Screwed.” The clip first appeared in the aforementioned emotion picture that came with the full album.
On first listen, “Screwed” sounds like a fun celebration. A funky beat and pop production mask lyrics about social issues and quirks. In the new video, Zoë’s verse is cut, shortening the song a bit. Towards the end of the track, Janelle offsets the bubbly vibe with a cool R&B part – robotically proclaiming that sex is power – before ending with a rapped declaration. In its music video – ripped from the Dirty Computer emotion picture – “Screwed” starts at the end of a long night out. We then see Janelle and her friends playing music in a small but packed club, exploring an art gallery, and having a good time before the times get bad.
Watch the music video for “Screwed” below:
“Screwed” 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,” “I Like That,” and “Crazy, Classic, Life.”
Enjoy the new “Screwed” music video, and keep checking back here for all the latest Janelle Monáe music news.
If you haven’t seen it yet – or just want to revisit it – check out the full Dirty Computer emotion picture below. The “Screwed” clip begins at 14:50, following the section set to “Take A Byte.”