Janelle Monáe gets personal on new track, “I Like That”

It's the perfect blend of classic soul and contemporary R&B.

Count on Janelle Monáe to deliver the goods time and time again. Not even a week after dropping the slinky “Pynk” with Kehlani, the tuxedo-wearing soul siren is back at it, releasing the latest track off her upcoming LP, Dirty Computer.

“I Like That” sees Monáe drawing from a whole range of soul influences. There’s some classic doo-wop in there, smooth R&B vocals over the top, and even a rapid-fire rap middle eight that switches things up. Her verses, however, are deeply rooted in the personal. “I remember when you called me weird / We was in math class, third row, I was sitting by you,” Monáe spits, recalling her younger days of being bullied for her iconoclastic sense of style.

It’s a great homage to the non-conformity that’s made Monáe such a force in music—and further proof that Dirty Computer may just go on to be one of the year’s best records.

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