Janelle Monáe advances her funky sound to the next level with the added influence and bonus of the one and only Erykah Badu to her new single “Q.U.E.E.N.”
True fans of Janelle’s have no doubt been waiting to hear what her next musical outing would be like — and while it’s decidedly still funky, it’s taken a more of a tilted funk with the music bed that is “Q.U.E.E.N.”, and she’s also added more rapping to her repetoire (though she’s done it before on remixes and things). This song is full of guitars, tambourines, and synths. It’s as if Janelle has had a religious experience with some 80′s girl group sass, Prince & New Power Generation funk, with a dash of Nona Hendryx and Eryakah Badu thrown in for good measure.
Not to mention the vocal is still showing that Janelle packs a lot of voice into that petite body of hers.
Do you like “Q.U.E.E.N.”? What about that cover art?! Two of my favorite artists on one track is more than what I bargained for. My body is ready.