Prepare to be blown away, there is so much power in this song. Q.U.E.E.N the latest from Janelle Monae featuring Erykah Badu. I remember when she opened at the Gnarls Barkley concert in Atlanta. If you Google my name there’s a picture from that night (along with a slew of other things). Seriously though, this video is too hot. Check it out!
Whew, as Sweet Brown would say, I need a cold pop.
My name translates to Queen in Ethiopian, and Shining or Sparkling in Hebrew, Latin and English. Yes, that makes me the Shining Queen of Good Speech (Eulissa). I cannot ignore my calling anymore. (Preach!) But back to the video…
My favorite moments are:
The museum announcer, skull record player, the booties everywhere, specifically the moment it appears that Janelle Monae might dance on another girl’s booty. (HOTT!),
But my absolute favorite part of the video is Janelle Monae’s rap which speaks for itself, but in case you had a hard time understanding….
“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?”
While I don’t believe there’s anything else I need to say; I will say that my favorite line is “and even when you edit me the booty don’t lie.” Possibly one of the most trill (true +real) lyrics ever. I mean booties in general aren’t known to lie, cast spells maybe, but never lie. I am living proof. Preach!