Janelle Monáe credits Prince with inspiring new record

    The R&B songstress says the Purple One had worked with her on an album before passing away.

    Prince and Janelle Monae
    Prince and Janelle Monáe performing together in 2013. Image: Kevin Mazur / WireImage

    “Make Me Feel,” Janelle Monáe’s new single, has some serious Prince vibes—and it wasn’t a coincidence or a matter of influence. In a recent interview on BBC Radio 1, the singer claimed she actually collaborated with the Purple One on her upcoming album, Dirty Computer. In fact, Monáe also referred to the late musical icon as her mentor.

    Listen to “Make Me Feel,” and you’ll find that the guitar lick weaving through the track is reminiscent of the one in “Kiss.” Add the slow-burning synths and staccato beat—and Monáe’s own out-of-this-world persona, of course—and we may be witnessing the rise of Prince’s heir apparent.

    “Prince actually was working on the album with me before he passed on to another frequency,” she told BBC Radio 1. “And [he] helped me come up with sounds. 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.”

    “Make Me Feel” is the second single off Dirty Computer, which is primed to drop on April 27. Listen to it here: