At Last, Grimes and Janelle Monae Unveil ‘Venus Fly’ Music Video

We’ve been seeing teasers and snippits of Grimes and Janelle Monae’s collaboration video, “Venus Fly,” for days, and the suspense as we waited for it to arrive to the public has been killing us. Now, finally, it’s here, and the vid is as glorious, gooey, and bizarre as we could have ever dreamt.

This pairing of artists is the stuff of legend – both Grimes and Monae’s strange, alternative takes on style and presentation combine in “Venus Fly” to give us riot grrrl punk meets Greek goddess meets haute couture meets that scene in “Born This Way” where Gaga is covered in embryotic fluid. It’s really something special – and what’s more, the video was directed and edited by the incredibly multitalented Grimes herself.

“Venus Fly” is off of Grimes’ mose recent album Art Angels, which included such hits as Kill v. Maim and Flesh Without Blood. The video debuted on Tidal and is now available to anyone with internet on YouTube. Check it out below:

 

Janelle Monáe Joins Grimes in Atlanta to Perform Their Pixie-Pop Banger ‘Venus Fly’

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Embedded in Grimes’ stunning pixie-pop LP Art Angels is “Venus Fly,” a thrashing late-night banger the 27-year-old singer invited Janelle Monáe to lend her hyper post-James Brown vocals onto. Armed with a enough energy to activate a small city, the unlikely collaboration features Monáe aggressively spitting the question, “Why you lookin’ at me?” over Grimes’ powerhouse production—a sinister effort evocative of the 2014 Blood Diamond release, “Go.”

During Grimes’ Atlanta show at the Buckhead Theatre earlier this week, “Venus Fly” came to life, blasting off as surprise guest Monáe stormed the stage to deliver, as one would expect, a standout performance. “Kitty, kitty, kitty cat, why you always talkin’ smack?” the dance android probes, flailing her limbs in a sea of technicolor strobe lights. Watch the two rev up Atlanta, below: