Video: Janelle Monáe – ‘Cold War’

Janelle Monáe

Janelle Monáe fights back tears and her sanity in the stripped-down video for “Cold War.” The camera zooms in on the ArchAndroid’s face, exposing her naked shoulders and raw emotion in one take.

Monáe told that her tears were spontaneous and triggered a chain reaction. “I remember crying during ‘Cold War’ [on the] first take,” she said. “I didn’t know how that happened but it just did. I was very moved by that. It was really a special moment; then everybody else started to cry.”

She offered further insight into the Wendy Morgan-directed clip. “‘Cold War’ reveals what the ArchAndroid looks like,” she stated. “[The video] deals with a psychosis—you’re in my mind and you get a chance to understand Metropolis, where it all stemmed [from] and my thoughts. It’s very psychedelic and trippy.”

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  1. Will

    And this ladies and gentleman is a masterpiece just with a cheap Bad Boy video budget smh.


  2. Phoenix_Wright

    LMAO @ at will

    I don’t really get it, but she looked good as usual

    I can relate to this though almost cried a few times while listening to the song.


  3. Phoenix_Wright

    & when I said relate to “this” I mean the song not the vid lol


  4. nikita

    THIS VIDEO COULD WIN A GRAMMY.. IF IT BLOWS UP.. if not it will be the must under rated video EVER


  5. kuk


    i doubt this will win a grammy because it was done when duffy did “warwick avenue” which then i felt her much more than with this vid…if u never seen that vid check it out


  6. truth

    What do you guys think she means when she says ‘Cold War’? I’m asking because i’d like to see how people interpret the song.



    shes to good 4 diddy


  8. Donna Bee

    (Sniffling….)I luv the words to this song, and she is such an amazing beautiful and talented woman. I was brought to tears watching this video and i hope she has much success in her career…#thatisall


  9. Obvious Genius

    She is AMAZING—absolutely amazing.

    this song is so powerful. I didn’t need anything else but her face. She’s gorgeous and so vulnerable. WOW.


  10. Shawn

    @truth -
    that this life is tough & it’s hard and if you don’t have an internal moral compass and guide to center you – you will easily be led astray. This world is literally just like she says a COLD WAR and we need to be grounded in our purpose. This song is amazing.

    It keeps me focused everyday. Love this video. She’s gorgeous.


  11. miamigirl

    wow!!!!!!!!!!this is a beautiful song, janelle monae is obviously an extemely talented singer. she deserves a lot more credit, the video is powerful!!!!!!!!!!, I bet the more than likely they wouldn’t show this on 106 and park, they mostly show sexually charged or dance hip hop/snappin’ music videos, i’m just sayin’.


  12. Jay London

    YAWN… (¬_¬) although i absolutely love Janelle


  13. Shayna

    I am sitting here with tears in my eyes.


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  15. LShea

    IT’S ABOUT TIME!!!! I’ve been wondering when this vid was finally going to debut!

    About the budget thing, all of her other videos have been great quality, so it doesn’t matter.

    This is one or two in my top favorite Janelle Monae songs!


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