Janelle Monáe unveils new single ‘Q.U.E.E.N.’ featuring Erykah Badu

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Janelle Monae Janelle Monáe unveils new single Q.U.E.E.N. featuring Erykah Badu

Janelle Monáe gets F.U.N.K.Y. in her comeback single, ‘Q.U.E.E.N.’.

The 27-year-old teams up with fellow Grammy Award-winning diva, Erykah Badu, in the booty shaker, which premièred online this morning (April 23). What was that you said about “bowing down”, Beyoncé?

‘Q.U.E.E.N.’ is an unpredictable number, going from Nile Rodgers-esque guitars, to Prince-esque synths, to Marvin Gaye-esque strings, in under 5 minutes!

Lyrically, Monáe told Billboard that she took inspiration from a private conversation between her and Badu, which covered everything from girl fights (“Walk in the room they throwing shade left to right!”) to religious intolerance (“Say will your God accept me in my black and white?”), apparently:

“This song is inspired by private conversations she and I have had and continue to have. She’s a great friend to me; she’s like a big sister and it’s a song about private dialogue that she and I have had.”

‘Q.U.E.E.N.’ is the first single to be lifted from ‘The Electric Lady’, Monáe’s sophomore album and the follow-up to illustrious ‘The ArchAndroid’. The new album, which has been described as “more personal”, does not yet have a release date.

Jess is a UK-based writer. Her articles were initially published by local newspapers and zines; she now writes reviews and features for a wide range of international, award winning art publications.