Jam of the Week – Q.U.E.E.N by Janelle Monae featuring Erykah Badu

“Are we a lost generation of our people?”

I think it’s fair to say that a lot of music these days focuses too much on sex and the events that circle it. Although it’s cliché, back in my day, music had thought and meant something when you read the lyrics. I’m not old enough to say that, but it doesn’t matter because I’m standing by that statement. Every generation will always have those pure “sex songs” but there has to be a limit. This song, this entire album, came out just in time to save the world.

Janelle Monae is an amazing singer/songwriter. Her album The Electric Lady is her second album, and features the popular hit “Primetime” featuring Miguel, which is amazing on it’s own. This album also features 19 (I think) other singles & interludes. Though there is no denying the great rhythm and movement to her music instrumentals, her lyrics are so powerful that it’s hard to avoid them in the song. They aren’t words you want to ignore because they’re repeating over and over a part of the body or something a girl should do, or what have you.

In her song “Q.U.E.E.N,” Ms. Monae is writing about oppression in society from a variety of forms. From being talked about for how one dresses, to a person’s gender, Janelle Monae is speaking up and giving the music world exactly what it needs: good, quality lyrics. Writing takes on many forms, and song lyrics are a branch of poetry. Writing about personal experiences is one of the greatest forms of expression and can create some of the best music. This album, this song, is a great form of expression and is something that will attract music lovers of all kind. It’s a great mix of R&B, Rap, and Pop. The song will end and you will feel so inspired to do something amazing with your life in the world.

“Will you sleep, or will you preach?”


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