Title: Q.U.E.E.N. Feat. Erykah Badu
Genre(s): Soul, R&B, Electronic, Pop
Released: April 22, 2013
We dig this new mid-uptempo anthem delivered by Janelle Monáe, one of the stewards of the new school. She is joined by queen of neo-soul and amazing funkstress in her own right, Erykah Badu. This is a nice ditty that deserves some shine, if not on the radio, in your earphones or ride.
Peep this excellent review over at AfroPunk:
Am I a freak for getting down? Janelle Monáe sings in the chorus of her new single Q.U.E.E.N. from her forthcoming studio album, titled The Electric Lady. To accompany her, the smooth and poetic vocals of Erykah Badu.
Compositionally, Q.U.E.E.N. is a gumbo of genres. A funk-punched tune of liquid synth, deep sole and crisp jazz, the track infuses the attitude and cadence of rap with classic musicality sugar-coated with an energy of shameless defiance, bold self-expression and sharp social commentary. Hey sister, am I good enough for your heaven?? Say, will your God accept me in my black and white? Monáe questions, before later asserting, They keep us underground working hard for the greedy, but when it’s time to pay they turn around and call us needy.