Givin Em What They Love

Album: The Electric Lady (2013)

Songfacts®:

  • This song features a guest appearance from Prince. The Purple One previously remixed The Electric Lady's lead single "Q.U.E.E.N" and included Monae in his list of favorite current musicians to V magazine.

    Monáe explained to The Observer how she first linked up with the Minneapolis legend: "Prince found out about me when I released my first EP, Metropolis," she said "That's when I got invited over to his house. He was very aware of my deal - having my own recording label, being a business owner, partnering with Sean Combs and Atlantic. He was glad that we are in control, creatively. I wrote all the titles for The ArchAndroid on a piece of paper - I couldn't remember what we had named the songs then - and he got the first copy. He said: 'This is amazing, this is incredible, this is going to rule the world.' And I said: 'Thank you.'"
  • Regarding Prince's contribution to this song, Monáe told Billboard magazine, "I had a chance to produce an icon. It's not every day that he collaborates. I'm honored and humbled that he trusted me. He is forever my friend, and I am forever indebted. I can't say too much else about it."
  • According to the album's liner notes, this funk-rock duet was inspired by the Hidden Colors documentaries about the untold history of people of African and aboriginal descent as well as the burning big house in the Tarantino movie Django Unchained.

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