Janelle Monáe has released a brand-new song titled Stronger, taken from the soundtrack to the forthcoming Netflix show We The People.
Executive produced by Barack and Michelle Obama, the 10-part series features a number of big musical names, such as Monáe, HER, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Adam Lambert, who teach viewers about civil rights movements. Meanwhile, Monáe’s Stronger rolls out with an up-stroked reggae rhythm, as the Dirty Computer singer waxes poetic about seeking solidarity in the face of adversity. “Some of the friends taught me how to dream / Some of the friends taught me how to fight,” Monáe sings. “Even those times when we don’t agree / We know we all tryna save the same day / We don’t want the life without the liberty.”
Stylistically it's more stripped back than we're used to from her but it's proof Monáe's able to take on a variety of genres with effortless charm.
Monáe has woven civil rights issues into her music over the last few years, such as when she released Turntables, for the 2020 documentary about Stacey Abrams, All In: The Fight For Democracy. Of writing music to inspire change, Monáe told Rolling Stone: “What is a revolution without a song? I started thinking about all the people on the front line. What could be my gift to them? It was this song to remind them that the tables are turning. We’re seeing that progress is being made, even in the midst of dealing with such traumatic events. We have figured out a way to be the solution. I wanted this to be my gift because revolutionaries need love too. They need inspiration, and they need an anthem. This is my stab at that.”
It's been three years now since Dirty Computer and while she's dropped a couple of stand-alone singles since then, we're absolutely ready for another spectacular new project.