"Q.U.E.E.N. was inspired by private discussions between Erykah and me," tweeted Janelle Monae about the first single off her upcoming album, 'The Electric Lady.'
The song also gives us a hint of what Monae has in store for the follow-up to her incredible debut, 'The ArchAndroid,' a futuristic concept album influenced by Fritz Lang's 1927 silent film, 'Metropolis.' Listening to 'Q.U.E.E.N.' doesn't reveal much science-fiction, just a funky struttin' hip-swingin' jam (with lyrics like "Am I a freak for dancing around? Am I a freak for getting down?") that will no doubt serve as the soundtrack for many a fashion show come September.
And there's only one Erykah, obviously. Badu's fluid and flirty delivery serves as the perfect counterpoint on 'Q.U.E.E.N.,' which Monae tweets, is "meant to make you JAM. DANCE. FUNK OUT."
Next month, Badu will be the guest at a sold-out event during Red Bull Music Academy in New York City. Below is a video of Badu performing her song 'On & On' at the 2011 Red Bull Music Academy in Madrid.