Janelle Monáe – Crazy, Classic, Life | Music Video


Janelle Monáe has released her dystopian futuristic style music video for “Crazy, Classic, Life”, which features people known in the universe as ‘computers’.


According to Billboard, “The video itself is from the beginning of Monáe’s film project Dirty Computer – An Emotion Picture, and it features Monáe in a punk aesthetic partying with her other friends, or “dirty computers”. 


“I’m not America’s nightmare, I’m the American cool. Just let me live my life” features as lyrics in the bridge for some parts, while others twist these lyrics by replacing ‘cool’ with ‘dream’, alluding to the American Dream and the Great Depression.


By setting the scene in a dystopian future, and by having raids, arresting and possibly killing innocents (in reference to the end of the video when they are captured for being themselves), it ends up becoming a parallel to a depressive system, one which tramples and represses it’s life force, keeping the majority down by any means possible.


So by mirroring this state, Monáe manages to send a creative message with her words and visuals in hopes to bring a better understanding and acceptance to the society we want to grow into – one of peace that embraces all people.


See the visual from her album Dirty Computer here:




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