Janelle Monae & Erykah Badu – QUEEN

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Ideal pop music: popping booties AND minds

Listen ALL the way through. Janelle Monae and Erykah Badu stand out for their ability to break it down without breaking us down! Like literally my body gets sore at their shows, but my brain reaches a whole new level of solidarity.

Here, the queens give us a pop anthem for us brainey ladies who might be hesitant about p popping in the club- THE BOOTY DON’T LIE! The 80s groove in production contrasts with lyrics fully soaked in 2013 references “serving face,” “throwing shade,” and straight up “twerkin in the mirror.” At 4:20 Janelle Monae rewards us with a bold verse calling out continued racism while calling back female role-models of the past as a source of hope.

In pure browntourage fashion, they show us how to be a queen that isn’t scared to cut up the floor but who keeps a fist up and love for their people formost in their hearts.

Will you be electric sheep?
Electric ladies, will you sleep?
Or will you preach?


P.S. The fact that our first konversation.us gallery exhibit was also called queen!