Royalty: Janelle Monae & Erykah Badu Team up for 'Q.U.E.E.N.' (Video)


Royalty: Janelle Monae & Erykah Badu Team up for ‘Q.U.E.E.N.’ (Video)

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Photo Credit: Atlantic Records/YouTube

Photo Credit: Atlantic Records/YouTube

By: Amanda Anderson-Niles

Janelle Monae has already made it clear that she’s not like most singers. And when it comes to her music, she takes it very seriously. So seriously that she won’t allow anything, including herself to distract anyone away from it. So in order to keep people focused on her music and her music only, she’s committed to wearing modest black and white outfits, and says that concealing her body will force people to focus solely on her material. She tells Elle Canada:

“The colours come out in your music, the colours come out in your personality, the colours come out in performance. I started wearing this uniform, to be perfectly honest, because I have an amazing body.

“I’m serious – I’m not playing. When I look at myself in the mirror, I’m attractive. I really have a nice body. And I had to pick: Do I want them to focus on my body? Do I want them to focus on how curvy and really, really gorgeous my figure is? Or do I want them to look at my music? What has more value? And I made that decision. I want them to focus on the message and the music because I feel like I have a higher calling.”


Janelle is sticking to her promise and has managed to pull off sexy and fierce while keeping her clothes on in her new music video for her current single “Q.U.E.E.N.” with her musical bff Erykah Badu. On collaborating with Erykah, she says:

“I just love her. We call each other twins. I talk to her on the phone at least three or four times a week. It was really inspired by our private conversation, dialogue that she and I have and continue to have. … She’s a strong woman, she’s an electric lady, she’s somebody that I look up to.”


Janelle’s rap at the end just confirms to us that she is very well on her way to becoming a huge star.

Check out the video below and let us know what you think.


  1. Izzy

    May 1, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    I adore them both.

  2. WhatWhat

    May 1, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    *two snaps*

  3. Barbee

    May 1, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Whoa…I didn’t know she could rap! Yes! Sat down Lil Kim, the industry doesn’t’ need you!

  4. Ratchet Queen

    May 1, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Meh, the only thing I liked was the rap. I love Janelle though.

    • Anonymous

      May 1, 2013 at 8:37 pm

      I agreed.

  5. Anon Chick

    May 1, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Because the booty don’t lie!

  6. Gabriella

    May 1, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    I love eccentric videos.

  7. Lisa

    May 1, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    I like this.

  8. Shannon

    May 1, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Me likey. Both ladies are bad.

  9. Heather B.

    May 1, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    Real music. I love it.

  10. Oprah's Wig

    May 1, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Love this.

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