Pass Or Play? Janelle Monae And Prince Are “Givin Em What They Love”

September 3, 2013  |  

September is shaping up to be a good month for music. Last weekend the “Made In America” festival happened. Tamar Braxton’s album dropped today and in a week, Janelle Monae’s second official studio album, Electric Lady will hit stores.

Earlier this summer we mentioned that Janelle Monae and Prince would collaborate for this album. What we didn’t know was whether or not we’d get a chance to listen to this track before the EP came out. Well, friends the music gods have smiled on us because today, you get to hear the very song the man, the myth, the legend Prince himself, felt was worthy of his musical genius. It’s called “Givin’ Em What They Love.”

It’s a rocker song through and through with thick drums you can bob to. Prince and Janelle take turns vocalizing and backing each other up. Janelle does that melodic whine she does while Prince goes for a higher register. It blend masterfully.

Being that Prince doesn’t link up with new artists everyday, Janelle Monae expressed her gratitude in her Billboard cover story:

“I had a chance to produce an icon. It’s not every day that he collaborates. I’m honored and humbled that he trusted me. He is forever my friend, and I am forever indebted. I can’t say too much else about it.”

Yeah there’s not much else to say. It’s hot fire. Take a listen to the track below and let us know if you agree.

Janelle Monae’s album will be out on next Tuesday, September 10.

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  • LadyB

    This is so s3xii!!! I love the way she flexes her voice, and PRINCE with the higher octaves………LOVE ITTTT!!!

  • rgladwell

    …this is music…

  • Kevin Anthony

    All Day!!

  • Candacey Doris

    I had the preview stream on loop! This song is one of my favorites but Electric Lady (the song) is my favorite on the album.

  • KT

    LOVE IT!!!!!

  • Me+One

    Definitely feeling this one!! I will be buying her album next week!

  • Mikkalotious

    Nope …don’t like it but, both are very talented and I would like to hear them together on something a lil more softer.

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    Wundaschen music

  • kbrooklyn

    Yes! This record is hot and so is the entire album. Janelle makes excellent music. I’m preordering.

  • bigdede

    Janelle’s song with Prince is excellent. So far I have loved her Q.U.E.E.N song with Erykah, her song with Miguel (which sounds very Prince like) and this song with Prince. I will be getting her album. If Tamar beats Janelle in sales, that’s a travesty

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