Janelle Monae is an innovator and a wildly creative artist, so if anyone were to work with Prince, it'd be her. But that's still no small feat -- it's Prince!

"We are great friends, and he is a mentor to us, to me," Monae told Billboard. "It's a beautiful thing to have a friend -- someone who cares about your career, and wants to see you go far and to push boundaries and shake up the world -- give whatever they possibly can to the cause."

While Monae is being quiet about her collaboration with the Purple One, she did talk about it in somewhat general terms, because, well, that's a bragging right. "I had a chance to produce an icon," she gushed. "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."

Mone will also feature 'Adorn' singer Miguel on 'Primetime,' which you can bet will be one super smooth track. Her duet with Erykah Badu, 'Q.U.E.E.N.,' has already been released to rave reviews.

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