*Janelle Monae recently stopped by Power 98’s “Nolimit Larry and the Morning Madhouse” to talk about her smash single “Q.U.E.E.N.” featuring Erykah Badu, and her new album “The Electric Lady” which drops Sept 10th.
Monae had an explosive performance at this year’s BET Awards and is now ready to release her star studded project also featuring Prince, Miguel, Solange, and other artists.
Most of her tracks were produced & written with the mindset to empower those who feel “marginalized,” including women who she says are judged more often than not.
“We wanted to create a song for the underdog,” says Monae.
She explains that her newest single, “Q.U.E.E.N.” stands for the Queer, the Untouchables who live in India, the Excommunicated who challenge the church’s ideas, the Emmigrant who comes to America being discriminated against, and the Negroid.
Monae says her unique style is her “thing” and is “inspired by the working class.” It represents her grandmother who served in jail for 25 years and had to wear a uniform.
In “Q.U.E.E.N.,” as well as other singles on the album, Monae showcases her rap skills.
“I knew I had something to say and I knew that singing wouldn’t get it across,” says Monae.
With regard to Kendrick Lamar’s controversial verse on Big Sean’s ‘Control’ song calling out flashy rappers, Monae says that she loves Kendrick’s music
“He’s lighting some torch(s) because people are getting off the couch and going to Wal*Mart and getting that pack,” says Monae.
Check out her tweet about the verse below:
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