Back in August I had the pleasure of seeing Janelle Monae and her Wondaland artists at The Independent in San Fran for their The Eephus tour.
I sat stunned and exhilarated outside when it was over, telling my friend it was like seeing Prince & The Revolution 2.0.
Since then, I've been impatiently waiting for each artist to release either visuals for the music they performed that night, or singles of what isn't on The Eephus, for download. Jidenna, specifically performed three songs that I didn't want to stop dancing to: "Extraordinaire", "Long Live The Chief", and "Knickers". (Confession: I wasn't a Jidenna fan until seeing him live. He converted me.) Last month, he dropped the visual for LLTC, and FINALLY released the other two as singles for purchase, which I downloaded. IMMEDIATELY.
"Knickers" has been on repeat in our house and it's been my anthem in the studio coming into the new year. The song is both celebratory of Blackness and social commentary on how it's perceived, treated, brutalized by our society and the systems within it. It's a lyrical mix of cultural exhortation and critique over an inescapable beat. I haven't been able to stop singing "show up, show up!" as I've gone throughout this busy week, so when I saw an email in my inbox informing me that the video just dropped, I watched it. IMMEDIATELY. And danced. Because I just couldn't contain myself.
It's exactly the kind of start I needed to my Friday after a week of trying new things and being hard at work in the studio, so I figured I'd share. Maybe you need a little dance party to help close out your week. I did. I DO. So I'm going to get back to it. Enjoy.
Happy Friday, friends. "Now we made it..."
P.S. Did you peep the tear gas/gas mask/police imagery near the end? #ArtAsProtest. Jidenna, Monae, and Wondaland are fantastic at this.