Will he approve the way I'm made?
Or should I reprogram, deprogram and get down?

from Janelle Monae (Ft. Erykah Badu) – Q.U.E.E.N. Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

This theme is evident in her previous two albums (The Metropolis/ArchAndroid series). Should she remain her own individual and be different from society (rogue robot) or should she reprogram herself and have artificial happiness in the mainstream system and their beliefs?

In addition to referring to Janelle being an android, this also criticizes religious persecution of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people.

Fun Fact: The phrase “reprogram, deprogram” also shows up in the spoken section of her song “Metropolis,” from her first EP, 2003’s “The Audition.”

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