All hail Monae's "Q.U.E.E.N."
"Categorize me, I defy every label," Monae raps on her ecstatic new single, "Q.U.E.E.N." She speaks the truth: The first track from her upcoming sophomore album, "The Electric Lady," is a soulful art-funk exorcism, and her most dizzying track to date. "Am I a freak for getting down?" she croons early on over a Funkadelic-style guitar riff and spacey jazz-fusion synth doodles. Just as the groove sinks in, the track transforms into a quiet storm, and MonÃ¡e passes the mic to neo-soul diva Erykah Badu, who eases into a bath of milky strings and muted horns.