R&B iconoclast Janelle Monáe is in possession of a “top secret” tape that could bring down the leader of the free world. Or at least get him to say nice things about her.
According to Pitchfork, the press release for her just-released video for “Electric Lady” -- the title track off of her outstanding 2013 album -- included a quote from President Obama about how much he and his family love the singer, remarks the President apparently made at a fundraiser in L.A. last week. Time also has a story about the President’s comments, in which he said that Monáe has already performed at the White House “like, 15 times” and joked that, “There’s going to be an official Janelle Monáe room in the White House.”
But the money quote is about a video she has that captured the President’s apparently embarrassing dance moves. Take it away, Prez:
“I have to say nice things about her because she may be the only person in possession of a video in which I try to keep up with her and Usher on the dance floor. Now, this is top secret. She has promised that this will never be released. But she can blackmail me at any time.”
Obama then urged the singer to vouch for his moves, before adding, “Let me say I did not drop in splits. But I did bust a move. That I did do.”
Speaking of busting moves, the “Electric Lady” video is packed out with people doing just that. Set at a party at the futuristic sorority house of the Electro Phi Betas, the clip features cameos from T.I. and Erykah Badu, as well as Skyped-in appearances from TLC’s T-Boz, Estelle, Esperanza Spalding, Monica, and Kimbra. It’s a fun and boisterous video, befitting the song. Check it out above.
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