Janelle Monae, the talented 37-year-old artist set to release her album “The Age of Pleasure” on June 9, has drawn inspiration from her own vibrant memories for her latest song titled “Lipstick Lover.”
In a candid interview with Rolling Stone magazine, she revealed that she meticulously documented a multitude of experiences from various parties in a spreadsheet, which heavily influenced the creation of this single.
I have a whole spreadsheet with 50 to almost 100 experiences that I had at this party.
I’ve been a Lipstick Lover.
I wear red lipsticks at the parties.
I’ve had moments where if me and a girl or an energy want to engage, you’re going to see lipstick.”Janalle
Janelle vividly described the profound feeling of being kissed on her neck with red lipstick, the lasting impression it left, and how it sparked the creation of a song.
I remember how it felt when I got kissed on my neck with red lipstick. I remember how I went to bed feeling.
It was a deep rouge. It wasn’t matte.
I remember the way the person looked. And I was like, ‘That’s a fucking song!Janelle
While Janelle Monae had previously embraced a futuristic mindset, she has now shifted her focus to the present moment.
She wants her music to authentically reflect her personal truth and is actively prioritizing being fully engaged in her own life. She now refers to herself as a “present tourist”.
I want things to feel so true to my life.