Janelle Monáe’s new single 'Make Me Feel' sounds a hell of a lot like Prince’s 'Kiss' and there might be a good reason apart from the fact that the Purple One is one of Monáe’s strongest influences.
In an interview with BBC’s Radio 1, Monáe revealed that Prince in fact collaborated with her on her new album, Dirty Computer, in his last days, before passing away in 2016.
“Prince actually was working on the album with me before he passed on to another frequency, and helped me come up with sounds,” Monáe said. “And I really miss him, you know, it’s hard for me to talk about him. But I do miss him, and his spirit will never leave me.”
The 'Electric Lady’ singer echoed those sentiments in a feature for The Guardian, saying she and Prince had been “collecting sounds” for Dirty Computer before he died.
Last week, Prince’s DJ, Lenka Paris, let slip in a since deleted Facebook post that she instantly recognized the 'Make Me Feel' synth line as a Prince creation. Paris recalled how some time ago, she was playing a party for Prince when he put on a new groove on which he’d been working.
“It was futuristic and so so good,” Paris wrote. “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.”
The exact extent to which Prince was involved in the rest of Dirty Computer isn’t clear, but presumably the production credits will reveal all when the album, which is a follow up to 2013’s The Electric Lady and is due for release on April 27.
Check out the official music video for the single 'Make Me Feel' and decide for yourself if that is indeed the artist formerly known as Prince that you hear:
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