‘I’m coming up, don’t cut me down…’
Yasss honey!!! This collab is fab! It’s got that nice neo-soul-funky-beat-feel about it. This track is the first track off of Janelle’s forthcoming album Electric Lady. The subject of the track ranges from social justice, females throwing shade and defying the labels set by the media. These two seem to be so much alike so it only makes sense that they could come together and release this powerhouse track.
Check out some of the lyrics below:
Hey brother can you save my soul from the devil?
Say is it weird to like the way she wear her tights?
And is it rude to wear my shades?
Am I a freak because I love watching Mary? (maybe)
Hey sister am I good enough for your heaven?
Say will your God accept me in my black and white?
Will he approve the way I’m made?
Or should I reprogram the programming and get down?
And what really surprised me was Miss Monae’s rap! She did that thang! Check that out below:
Yeah – yeah, Let’s flip it
I don’t think they understand what I’m trying to say
I asked a question like this
“Are we a lost generation of our people?
Add us to equations but they’ll never make us equal
She who writes the movie owns the script and the sequel
So why ain’t the stealing of my rights made illegal?
They keep us underground working hard for the greedy
But when it’s time pay they turn around and call us needy
My crown too heavy like the Queen Nefertiti
Gimme back my pyramid, I’m trying to free Kansas City
Mixing masterminds like your name Bernie Grundman
Well I’m gonna keep leading like a young Harriet Tubman
You can take my wings but I’m still goin’ fly
And even when you edit me the booty don’t lie
Yeah, keep singing and I’mma keep writing songs
I’m tired of Marvin asking me, “What’s Going On?
March to the streets ‘cuz I’m willing and I’m able
Categorize me, I defy every label
And while you’re selling dope, we’re gonna keep selling hope
We rising up now, you gotta deal you gotta cope
Will you be electric sheep?
Electric ladies, will you sleep?
Or will you preach?
Listen to the track below:
Janelle, who recently caught up with Billboard, had this to say about the track:
Girl, this is crazy,” Janelle Monae says to open “Q.U.E.E.N.,” her first solo single since 2010 album “The ArchAndroid,” and she’s not kidding. The unpredictable track is full of spoken asides and Princely guitar work and funky synths, as Monae takes on everything from women throwing shade to religious tolerance with some help from guest Erykah Badu.
“This song is inspired by private conversations she and I have had and continue to have,” Monae told Billboard backstage at Coachella earlier this month. “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.”