The album has also been released as a 48-minute film, dubbed an "emotion picture" which follows a narrative rather than serving as a series of music videos--though it does feature previously released videos like "PYNK" and "I Like That." The Dirty Computer film is packed with the dystopian sci-fi themes Monáe has explored throughout her career. She stars as a "dirty computer" who is "ready to be cleaned," or stripped of her memories and "our dirt and all the things that made us special." The film alternates between glimpses of Monáe and other cleaned computers in a frightening future and their previous lives, and despite the science-fiction story, the themes dealing with identity are universal and easily relatable.
"I want young girls, young boys, nonbinary, gay, straight, queer people who are having a hard time dealing with their sexuality, dealing with feeling ostracized or bullied for just being their unique selves, to know that I see you," Monáe recently told Rolling Stone. "This album is for you. Be proud."
Monáe will hit the road this summer, starting in June. Tickets for select shows will go on sale right here on AXS later this week, with the pre-sale starting on Tuesday, May 1 at 10 a.m.