Update 5/1/2013: Watch the black, white and gold “Q.U.E.E.N.” video, directed by Alan Ferguson.
Even if it makes others uncomfortable/ I will love who I am is the thesis of “Q.U.E.E.N.,” the first single from Janelle Monáe’s upcoming LP The Electric Lady. Starting with digital squeals and hard angles, its second half smooths out, a muffled horn and hand percussion backing a half-rapped speech from Monáe. Guest Erykah Badu’s penultimate verse bypasses Monáe’s history lesson to conclude instead with this all-encompassing nugget: You got to testify/ Cause the booty don’t lie.
Stream: Janelle Monáe f. Erykah Badu, “Q.U.E.E.N.”