Look, I don’t know what has gotten into Janelle Monáe, but just by looking at the new video for her song “Lipstick Lover,” I think I’m 1000% behind it. We all should have known something was about to go down by her Instagram post yesterday.
The visuals for “Lipstick Lover” are NSFW and have even been age-gated by YouTube. The setting is a Black retro orgy pool party. It also shows scenes of Janelle grabbing a naked booty, as well as her being topless (although it’s blurred). The video also depicts her on a bed using a sex toy (not fully naked, but I feel that might have crossed a line for some people). There is a lot of other sexual imagery with beautiful Black women, but you can check out the video below.
Wait. Did I not talk about the actual song? It’s good. It fits the vibe of the video and is reggae-inspired. This is not one of those videos that “goes hard on mute.” Janelle Monáe’s new album, The Age of Pleasure, drops on June 9th.