PHOTOS: Janelle Monae Performs at Downtown Cincinnati's Taft Theater During Her Dirty Computer Tour

In April, Janelle Monáe released Dirty Computer, her most potent artistic statement yet. Musically tighter and more focused, collaborators this time around include Grimes, Pharrell Williams, Brian Wilson and Prince, who assisted on the album before his death. The story of the album is tonally similar to her previous tales, but Monáe wraps the narrative around ideals more close to home. She has said Dirty Computer’s lyrics — about identity and empowerment — come from a more directly personal perspective.

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PHOTOS: Janelle Monae Performs at Downtown Cincinnati's Taft Theater During Her Dirty Computer Tour
Photo: Brittany Thornton
PHOTOS: Janelle Monae Performs at Downtown Cincinnati's Taft Theater During Her Dirty Computer Tour
Photo: Brittany Thornton
PHOTOS: Janelle Monae Performs at Downtown Cincinnati's Taft Theater During Her Dirty Computer Tour
Photo: Brittany Thornton
PHOTOS: Janelle Monae Performs at Downtown Cincinnati's Taft Theater During Her Dirty Computer Tour
Photo: Brittany Thornton
PHOTOS: Janelle Monae Performs at Downtown Cincinnati's Taft Theater During Her Dirty Computer Tour
Photo: Brittany Thornton
PHOTOS: Janelle Monae Performs at Downtown Cincinnati's Taft Theater During Her Dirty Computer Tour
Photo: Brittany Thornton
PHOTOS: Janelle Monae Performs at Downtown Cincinnati's Taft Theater During Her Dirty Computer Tour
Photo: Brittany Thornton
PHOTOS: Janelle Monae Performs at Downtown Cincinnati's Taft Theater During Her Dirty Computer Tour
Photo: Brittany Thornton
PHOTOS: Janelle Monae Performs at Downtown Cincinnati's Taft Theater During Her Dirty Computer Tour
Photo: Brittany Thornton
PHOTOS: Janelle Monae Performs at Downtown Cincinnati's Taft Theater During Her Dirty Computer Tour
Photo: Brittany Thornton
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