Since the murder of my cousin, I had been searching for the right way to properly express my grief. This song and video is dedicated to his mom (may she rest in peace) and any one who has lost someone to violence.
In her funky Alan Ferguson-directed clip for “Q.U.E.E.N.”, hipster artist Janelle Monae teams with Erykah Badu aka Badoula Oblongata where the two star as a museum exhibit comes to life.
Instead of her predictable black-and-white tuxedo, Janelle throws on some Givenchy heels and shows off her shapely figure while claiming her QUEEN-status. She talked to Rap-Up about working with Erykah and revealed their close friendship.
“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.”
“Q.U.E.E.N” will appear on Janelle’s albumThe Electric Lady, dropping this summer.
Kendrick speaks to Miss Info about his recently released video for “Poetic Justice”. Interestingly enough, he says he got rid of a lighter-skinned model in favor of the darker chocolate beauty that ended up playing his love interest.