Janelle Monae's new video is the funk. "Tightrope is a jumpy, bass-heavy track featuring Big Boi (he rhymes "NASDAQ" with "ass crack"). I feel like it's been a long time since we've seen a good dance performance video - and "Tightrope" is mildly reminiscent of another infamous high-school-set dance clip. Monae is adorable and can perform the hell out of her songs.
The songs on her wildly inspired 2007 debut EP, Metropolis, told the story of a space android named Cindi Mayweather in the year 2719. Her full-length, The ArchAndroid, on which "Tightrope" is featured, will continue that story and hits stores May 18.