The Velvet Rope is almost universally hailed as Janet Jackson's creative zenith. Her self-titled debut, not so much. Today's Diggin' in the Crates takes a look at offerings from both ends of that spectrum, guest-starring the great J Dilla. There's something to be said for a producer of Dilla's caliber and cult status laying hands on a track by one of the biggest Pop stars in the world. The results are nothing less than organic. In Hip Hop circles it's widely-believed that Dilla had more to do with the original "Got Til It's Gone" than the album credits would have you believe, and his remixes of the track lay further credence to the claim. But later a rare "donut" from one of his beat tapes would surface named "Track 17." The sampled work is Janet's "Come Give Your Love to Me" from her pre-Control debut. Listen to the way he flipped an anemic '80s Rock/Pop beat into an aggressive head-nodder. Props to Stylus, by the way, for the initial crate-dig.
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Janet Jackson: "Got Til It's Gone" (Ummah Jay Dee Mix)
Janet Jackson: "Come Give Your Love To Me" / J Dilla "Track 17"