Pass Or Play? Janelle Monáe Teams Up With Erykah Badu For “Q.U.E.E.N.”

April 23, 2013  |  

Funk-naaasty alert!

Why not start the morning off with a funky bass line and two of music’s most innovative players? The very creative Janelle Monáe enlists the help of one of the first ladies of neo-soul music, Erykah Badu, to question everything from what is constituted as “normal” (“Am I a freak for dancing around”), to combating negativity (“I’m coming up, don’t cut me down”) and even rising up against greed in both everyday life and in the industry on “Q.U.E.E.N.” The track will be featured on her upcoming album, The Electric Lady (I even love the title). They do this with the help of some synthesizers, hot guitars, that funky bass line I talked about earlier, and some sick string arrangements near the end that I adore. When talking about the inspiration behind the track, Monáe had this to say to Billboard:

“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.”

Well the end result is hot! Two of our absolute favorites in the game teaming up to share some positivity with all. They better do it!

Check out the track below and let us know what you think!

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