"Are we a lost generation of our people?

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

Meaning

Rhetorical question, to be answered yes, “We are the lost generation of our people.” The term “Lost Generation” refers to the group of artists (F.Scott Fitzgerald and T.S.Eliot among them) who left America in the 1920s and found success abroad. Likewise, Janelle’s team at Wondaland feel exiled

Monae is also referring to the common perceptions of young African-Americans, especailly males, who are often referred to as being a “lost generation” due to involvement in many social ills.

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