BitchTapes: Welcome to the Afrofuture

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Janelle Monáe Dirty Computer album cover

Janelle Monáe Dirty Computer album cover (Photo credit: Wondaland Arts Society)

Janelle Monáe is from the future. Whether it’s her unconventional videos or her insistence on imagining worlds where all oppressed people are free, the singer/actress/genius is consistently reminding us that she’s not of this world. This BitchTape celebrates Monáe’s genius as she releases Dirty Computer, her first full-length album in five years. Since she recognizes that the future requires investment from us, this playlist incorporates the music of other afrofuturist artists who are also doing freedom work.

Track List:

1. Janelle Monáe - “Django Jane”

2. Sun Ra - “Door of the Cosmos”

3. Erykah Badu - “Next Lifetime”

4. Laura Mvula featuring Nile Rodgers - “Overcome”

5. Kelela - “Frontline”

6. George Clinton and the P-Funk All-Stars  - “We Want the Funk/Give Up the Funk”

7. Janelle Monáe featuring Solange - “Electric Lady”

8. Jimi Hendrix - “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)”

9. Parliament - “Mothership Connection

10. Grace Jones - “Slave To the Rhythm”

11. Ebony Bones! - “W.A.R.R.I.O.R”

12. THEESatisfaction - “EarthEE”

13. Tracy Chapman - “Talkin’ Bout a Revolution”

14. Miriam Makeba - “Malcolm X”

15. Sister Rosetta Tharpe - “Up Above My Head, I Hear Music In the Air”

16. Alabama Shakes - “Rise To the Sun

There’s more…
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17. Petite Noir - “Best”

18. FKA twigs - “Video Girl”

19. Jojo Abot - “Gods Among Men”

20. M.anifest featuring Bisa Kdei - “W’ani Aba”

21. Erykah Badu - “Dial’Afreaq”

22. Corinne Bailey Rae - “Green Aphrodisiac”

23. Flying Lotus featuring Kendrick Lamar - “Never Catch Me

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Evette Dionne is Bitch Media’s senior culture editor. She’s all about Beyoncé, Black women, and dope TV shows and books. You can follow her on Twitter.