Janelle Monae and Erykah Badu - "Queens" official video

Janelle Monáe and Erykah Badu unleashed the official video for their collaborative single “Q.U.E.E.N.” on an unsuspecting world today via BET’s 106 & Park–and the real thing proves to be every photon as visually arresting as the teaser promised. Though perfectly in keeping with Ms. Monáe’s ever-evolving personal sci fi narrative, I have to admit the futuristic intro threw me slightly–but when the music kicks in neither it nor the visuals let go. By the time Badoula steps on the scene to meet Monáe swag for swag with her afro wig and warpaint…wow. And then the shit rolls on for like another three minutes. An amazing collaboration between two amazing artists who taste great together–and judging by the all the good things Badu had to say about working with Janelle when we spoke to her last night at her RBMA lecture at the Brooklyn Museum (yes, that was a tease for a forthcoming OKP TV interview) maybe we’ll even see them together outrageously again. Watch below and cop “Q.U.E.E.N.” as a single via iTunes.


  • Hell of a blurb, yo.

  • E!

    They killed this video. Bravo!


    that was hot,,, cant wait for the disc too drop….

  • Ok, I already loved them both separately; I am so so delighted that they collaborated!!! They gave me life!!!

  • lily kane

    this song has really been growing on me, the video helped. also I think it has a Prince vibe in the best way

  • np

    Love them both but this is a really sub standard song that reminds me of en vogue for some reason. Was expecting so much more when I heard they were collaborating.