Donna Summer and Barbra Streisand. Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston. Brandy and Monica. Britney and Madonna. Yes, the history of pop is full of dynamic pairings of the day’s current divas. And now it’s time to add another one to the heap, in the form of the funky, finger-poppin’ new jam “Q.U.E.E.N.”, a duet between Janelle Monae and Erykah Badu that serves as the first single off Monae’s upcoming LP The Electric Lady.
It’s a pretty epic track that contains layer after layer of sounds that are both referential (dig those obvious Marvin Gaye/What’s Going On-era strings during the rap bit) and original, and the song further asserts the fact that Monae and Badu are now, and always have been, ladies we can’t ignore.
Bow down to “Q.U.E.E.N.” below!
Janelle Monae & Erykah Badu — ”Q.U.E.E.N.”