Janet Jackson officially today kicked off the promotion of her to be released 12th studio album with the release of her single “Made For Now” featuring Daddy Yankee. She has been able to maintain relevancy in the music industry for 35 years plus. Throughout her amazing career she has done memorable collaborations with some hip hop heavyweights. The first one being showcased on the track “Alright” remix with Heavy D associated with her 1989 album Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814. The song was a top 5 smash.
Janet Jackson – Made For Now feat. Daddy Yankee
Janet Jackson – Alright (remix) feat. Heavy D
The next track to mention is the album cut “New Agenda” from the 1993 album Janet. Chuck D of Public Enemy worked together with Janet on the moving and politically charged cut. From the same project Janet collaborated with MC Lyte on a remix to “You Want This”. Even with the song being the sixth single off the album it still managed to be a top ten hit.
Janet Jackson – New Agenda feat. Chuck D
Janet Jackson – You Want This (remix) feat. MC Lyte
This would be followed by the “Go Deep” remix produced by Timbaland and Janet’s first time pairing up with Missy Elliot. The track was tied to Janet’s 1997 Velvet Rope. Two years later Janet was featured on Busta Rhymes “What’s It Gonna Be?!” from the 1999 album E.L.E. (Extinction Level Event): The Final World Front. The video for the track was innovative and had one of the highest budgets of all time. The song itself was one of Busta Rhymes biggest hits and was Grammy nominated.
Janet Jackson – Go Deep (remix) feat. Missy Elliot
Busta Rhymes – What’s It Gonna Be?! feat. Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson would link up with Missy Elliot again on a remix of “Son of a Gun (I Betcha Think This Song is About You)” along with P Diddy from 2001’s All for You. The track was a top thirty hit. The last track to mention is “Call on Me” featuring Nelly. This was off her album 20 Y.O. released in 2006. The single was a top thirty hit and served as resurgence with Janet due to singles from her previous project Damito Jo not breaking into the top forty.
Janet Jackson – Son of a Gun (I Betcha Think This Song is About You) (remix) feat. Missy Elliot & P Diddy
Janet Jackson – Call on Me feat Nelly
It should be interesting to see what new collaborations Janet Jackson will have on her forthcoming album. Her results of working with hip hop artists in the past have worked well producing memorable hits. After being a performer for 35 years Janet’s name still carries weight. It would not be surprising to see some heavy hitters on the new project.