Janelle Monae’s hiatus from music was partly due to the death of her mentor Prince.
Janelle Monae says that one of the reasons she took a break from the music world in the years following 2013's The Electric Lady LP was because of Prince’s unexpected death in April 2016.
“This was the person that I would literally call and talk to about sounds or: ‘How should I say this? Is this saying too much?’ I just never could imagine a time where I couldn’t pick up the phone or email him, and he’d contact me right back and we’d talk about all these things that I was unsure of,” Monae told the New York Times Magazine in an April 19 interview.
At the time, Monae and Prince were working closely together on a project -- which eventually would become her upcoming album Dirty Computer (April 27). When he died, Monae began to rethink her next era.