This video has been sooo worth the wait. Video of the year. No doubt.
This is a high-priced, high-velocity and highly entertaining video that presents both style and a whole lotta substance.
Janelle Monae brings her energy to the intergalactic scene of Metropolis, the imaginary future world of Cindi Mayweather (who is Monae's alter-ego). Mayweather is a character who finds a dystopian universe full of androids, punk prophets, evil capitalists and oppressed workers. This fantasy world allows Monae to outline all the ideas and beliefs she stands for.
I love how the makers chose to incorporate a Monae live performance in this video, which shows people new to her talent what this genre-busting and idea invoking phenom is all about. The catwalk moments (with android auction) also neatly portray her emerging status as a style icon.
You'll watch this video over and over again. Guaranteed.