You Can Listen to That, but I’mma Listen to This: Q.U.E.E.N. Music

Ladies and gents, will you sleep or will you preach? Pass this music on.


Janelle Monae and Badoula Oblongata launch project Q.U.E.E.N. – A 21st century musical weapons program a.k.a. the Freedom Movement: disguised as songs, emotion pictures and works of art. Can you dig?!

“even if it makes others uncomfortable, I will love who I am”

Why is this song so great? The LYRICS and the ARTISTIC ANGLE! These two ladies continue to raise the level of CONSCIOUSNESS. Most won’t accept, but many will. I am not surprised to see them together because they both seem to refuse to sell out!


It’s hard to stop rebels that time travel.

I can’t believe all of the things they say about me
Walk in the room they throwin’ shade left to right
They be like ooh, she’s servin’ face
And I just tell em, cut me up, and get down

Hey brother can you save my soul from the devil?
Say is it weird to like the way she wear her tights?
And is it rude to wear my shades?
Am I a freak because I love watching Mary? (Maybe)

Hey sister am I good enough for your heaven?
Say will your God accept me in my black and white?
Will he approve the way I’m made?
Or should I reprogram the programming and get down?

… Badu’s verse and Monae’s ending rap is great! The whole song is so wonderful and uplifting… “here comes the FREEDOM SONG! Testify!” Monae said “give me back my pyramid!”

I asked a question like this
“Are we a lost generation of our people?”
Add us to equations but they’ll never make us equal.
She who writes the movie owns the script and the sequel.
So why ain’t the stealing of my rights made illegal?
They keep us underground working hard for the greedy,
But when it’s time pay they turn around and call us needy.

My crown too heavy like the Queen Nefertiti
Gimme back my pyramid, I’m trying to free Kansas City.

Queen Duafe for African Essence

P.S. The booty don’t lie!


7 thoughts on “You Can Listen to That, but I’mma Listen to This: Q.U.E.E.N. Music

  1. This was a wonderful article..I truly appreciate the lyrics…and your spin on the meaning of the song…It is very inspirational…a message that tells you to…”BE YOURSELF”


    • Thanks Osage Dior! I have listened to this song like 10 times since Friday! I just love it! Thanks for Reblogging.

      All is love,


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