Janelle Monae and Erykah Badu - Q.U.E.E.N

Janelle Monae and Erykah Badu together on one song is almost too much intelligent, creative artistry to take. On Q.U.E.E.N. the two collaborate to produce a song which Janelle says is "supposed to make you jam, dance, funk out".
The video has just recently gone live on the internet, and in true Janelle Monae style it is a visual spectacular filled with things to keep a watcher's attention, have them dancing along, and even make them think.
She is showing off her CoverGirl looks and that signature bouffant while she dances her way through verses of provocative lyrics.

Erykah Badu's contribution to the song is a cryptic verse containing the line "this song is for the fight unknown" and ending with the repetition of "the booty don't lie'. I have no idea what that means- but does anyone really understand what Erykah's lyrics mean?

The collaboration came about as a result of the conversations Janelle and her "twin" Erykah had been having, which centred around issues they felt needed to be put out to the public- it's very cryptic, but Janelle will probably reveal more closer to the release date of her Electric Lady album. 

Towards the end of the song, Janelle breaks into a rap (I was so surprised, but it's really good) which seems to be a summing up of what the song has been about. The verse is a call to recognise that categories in society do not define a person, and to consciously work towards finding one's place in society. In an echoing of the earlier line "even if it makes others uncomfortable, I will love who I am" and Erykah's "you gotta testify, because the booty don't lie", Janelle now raps "You can take my wings but I'm still goin' fly, and even when you edit me the booty don't lie".

So what should you make of Q.U.E.E.N? It could be that the video has a lot of distractions in it to distract you from the meaning of the song- whichever deep meaning you choose to infer from the lyrics, or it could just be a fun song with a catchy beat made to get you dancing. Either way, this is a great collaboration that is worth some attention. 


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