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Givin Em What They Love


from the album The Electric Lady

Song details


Performer: Janelle Monáe
First Released: 10 September, 2013 - The Electric Lady album (announced release date)
Album(s): The Electric Lady
Writer(s): Charles Joseph II, Janelle Monáe, Nathaniel Irvin III, Terrence L. Brown, Chuck Lightning, Nate "Rocket" Wonder and Prince (lyrics)
Producer(s): Janelle Monáe, Nate "Rocket" Wonder and Chuck Lightning, co-produced by Roman GianArthur
Live Appearances
First live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:

Givin Em What They Love is the second track (first song) on Janelle Monáe's second studio album The Electric Lady. Prince appears on the track, providing co-lead vocals, guitar and bass guitar, as well as co-writing the lyrics (most likely writing lyrics for his own vocal section). The track is written by Charles Joseph II, Janelle Monáe, Nathaniel Irvin III, Terrence L. Brown, Chuck Lightning, Nate "Rocket" Wonder and Prince, and produced by Janelle Monáe, Nate "Rocket" Wonder and Chuck Lightning (the latter pair as "Wonder & Lightning"), with co-production by Roman GianArthur.

While specific recording dates are not known, it is assumed to have been recorded in mid-to-late 2012 (Janelle Monáe first performed the song during the 27 September, 2012 (am), House Of Blues Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA Prince one-off show, albeit without Prince), with the main portion of the track recorded at Wondaland Recording Studios, Atlanta, GA, USA. While credits do not indicate Prince's contributions were recorded separately, it is likely that he recorded his contributions at Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA.

The track is the only known studio collaboration between Prince and Janelle Monáe, though they have publicly shared their mutual respect since her debut album The ArchAndroid was released in 2010, and she has appeared on stage with Prince multiple times. Of note also is that the track features additional bass guitar by Esperanza Spalding, who shares a similar relationship with Prince; again, this is the only known studio collaboration between Prince and Esperanza Spalding.

The album booklet states the song is "inspired by Hiddencolors1&Two and the burning big house in Django Unchained" (a 2012 Quentin Tarantino film); since the film was released in late December, 2012, it is not known if this "inspiration" was attributed after the fact, or if Janelle Monáe had access to footage of the film before recording the track.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
Mid-to-late 2012 (assumed) Wondaland Recording Studios, Atlanta, GA, USA Initial tracking (no Prince input)
Mid-to-late 2012 (assumed) Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA (assumed) Vocal and instrumental overdubs by Prince
Recording Personnel
  • Janelle Monáe - vocals (credited for "lead howls"), background vocals (credited for "background acrobatics")
  • Prince - co-lead vocals (credited for "lead howls"), background vocals (credited for "background acrobatics"), bass guitar (credited for "additional bass guitar shotgun blasts"), guitar (credited for "magical guitar")
  • Nate "Rocket" Wonder - drums, bass guitar (credited for "bass guitar boogie"), additional guitar, piano (credited for "magic piano"), percussion and background vocals (credited for "background acrobatics")
  • Esperanza Spalding - bass guitar (credited for "additional bass guitar shotgun blasts")
  • Kellindo Parker - rhythm guitar
  • Terrence L. Brown - organ (credited as "Terrence L. Brown of All Cows Eat Grass")
  • Kebbi Williams - tenor saxophone and flute (credited as "Hornz Unlimited")
  • Christopher Burns - trombone (credited as "Hornz Unlimited")
  • Jason P. Freeman - trumpet and flugelhorn (credited as "Hornz Unlimited")
  • Lance Powlis - trumpet
  • Roman GianArthur Irvin - percussion and background vocals (credited for "background acrobatics")
  • Alexander Page - violin and viola (credited for "Wild West strings" as "The Wondaland ArchOrchestra")
  • Grace Shim - cello (credited for "Wild West strings" as "The Wondaland ArchOrchestra")

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Givin Em What They Love 4:26 The Electric Lady Studio



 
Additional Information

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