97 Words: “Float” by Janelle Monáe

Vincent Anthony
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This song is part of our “THE SUMMER 97 (1998 x 2023)” playlist. Check out the full list.

When you’re a free-ass-muthafucker, you don’t walk… you float. That’s the essence of “Float,” the lead single from Janelle Monáe’s latest album, “The Age of Pleasure.” Featuring music by Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Monáe glides through self-realization, announcing that she’s changed and doesn’t care what the haters have to say about it. In light of recent criticisms for her showing off her nipples at the Essence Music Festival (and the video for second single “Lipstick Lover”), the message of “Float” is all the more relevant. However, in her age of pleasure, Janelle Monáe will continue to float — unbothered.

Watch the “Float” visualizer, stream the song, or order “The Age of Pleasure” on vinyl.

In celebration of summer, the staff at THE 97 has compiled a playlist containing some of our favorite summer songs, from then and now. Each day we will reveal one song, rotating daily between past and present with pairings from 1998 and 2023, for a total of 97 days/songs. Since we love nostalgia, we’re celebrating summer songs from 1998 as they turn 25, alongside new songs that we feel deserve some shine. Pairings could be thematic, sonic, or based connections between the artists.

Check out our full “THE SUMMER 97 (1998 x 2023)” playlist here.

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Vincent is the founder of the magazine and has had a strong passion for popular music since, well, 1997! If it's not obvious, his favorite artists include Destiny's Child, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, P!nk, and many more. Vincent lives in New York, where he is a high school English teacher, and currently he is pursuing a Master's in Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.