PYNK
by Janelle Monáe (featuring Grimes)

Album: Dirty Computer (2018)

Songfacts®:

  • Over a retro bassline by longtime Wondaland producers Nate Wonder and Chuck Lightning, Janelle Monáe turns the color pink into a celebration of empowerment, sexuality and the female anatomy.

    Pink like the inside of your, baby
    Pink behind all of the doors, crazy
    Pink like the tongue that goes down, maybe
    Pink like the paradise found
    Pink when you're blushing inside, baby


    Monáe said: "PYNK is a brash celebration of creation. Self-love. Sexuality and pussy power! PYNK is the color that unites us all, for pink is the color found in the deepest and darkest nooks and crannies of humans everywhere... PYNK is where the future is born."
  • The song is a collaboration with Canadian singer-songwriter Grimes. Monáe previously worked with Grimes on "Venus Fly," a track that featured on the latter's 2015 album Art Angels. Monáe explained to Billboard:

    "She's a friend and we have lots of conversations. She's all for LGBTQIA rights and all for women's rights, so it felt fitting to have her on a song like 'PYNK' which shows that intersectionality. I love that it also shows unique women coming together to create something magical."
  • The pink-filled video was directed by Dutch filmmaker Emma Westenberg. An ode to female self-love, the clip features a cameo by Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War actress Tessa Thompson who previously starred in the visual for Monáe's single "Make Me Feel."
  • Janelle Monáe told MTV News about the track. "'PYNK' is a song that is near and dear and close to my heart," she said. "There's lots of symbolism in it, there's lots of mysticism in it, and my love for us and for black girl magic and for those who are often times marginalized. It's a very celebratory song for us."
  • According to an interactive graphic explaining the inspiration behind each track on Dirty Computer, "Pynk" was inspired by "Prince's mischievous smile as he played organ on (Sign o' the Times track) 'Hot Thang.'"
  • The song interpolates some of the lyrics of Aerosmith's 1997 track "Pink." Like "Pynk," Aerosmith's song is an ode to the female anatomy, but in their instance it is from a male point of feel.

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