In an interview ahead of the release of her album Dirty Computer, Janelle Monáe revealed to the New York Times that the cast of Black Panther had a profound influence on her finishing of the album.

Among the topics of her emerging role in activism, being more vulnerable, and how her Wondaland studio has evolved into “a center of black culture in Atlanta” she spoke to the push that the likes of Chadwick Boseman and Lupita Nyong’o gave her to finish her album. It turns out that the house where Monáe wrote and polished her songs, frequently housed the cast of Black Panther, who held “impromptu gatherings” at the studio where the actors gave her their approval.

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After a party in which Boseman showed his prowess on the drums and Nyong’o proved herself to be the best dancer in the cast, Monáe expressed, “I felt like, Man, these are people I admire and I respect, and they love this album. I have to finish it.”

Dirty Computer is set to be released on April 27th and we can’t wait to hear it. Until then, listen to her “Make Me Feel” which will be featured on the album.

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