Video: Janelle Monáe f/ Big Boi – ‘Tightrope’

Janelle Monáe loses her mind in the insane video for “Tightrope,” the Big Boi-assisted single from her full-length debut album The ArchAndroid, arriving May 18. The eccentric singer chose an actual sanitarium to film the Wendy Morgan-directed piece.

“‘Tightrope’ takes place at the Palace of the Dogs. A lot of the greats were admitted into this place, like Charlie Parker and Jimi Hendrix,” she told “We wanted to keep it raw and funky—just having it in an insane asylum made it that much cooler to me.”