Artist: Janet Jackson featuring Q-Tip and Joni Mitchell
Album: Got Til It’s Gone 12″
Release Date: September 1997
Music: With hearing Kendrick Lamar’s “Poetic Justice” every. single. time. that I turn on my car radio, Janet Jackson has been seeping into my subconscious lately. Don’t get me wrong, “Any time, Any place” is an awesome, chill, and very sexy song, but it’s not my personal favorite. “Got Til It’s Gone” will always reign supreme to me. I’m not sure if it’s because it features the honorable Q-tip or the fact that “Joni Mitchell never lies”, but this joint can only be summed up in one word: DOPE. Janet’s short and choppy vocals compliment the laid-back, infectious and sublime production of the track. While production of “Got ’til It’s Gone” was officially credited to Janet Jackson, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, there’s been a long-time debate and speculation into if the hip hop collective The Ummah (composed of Q-Tip, J Dilla, and Ali Shaheed Muhammad) are the actual producers of the track. While I personally hear Jay Dee all over this song, I will never know for sure. Nor does it really matter to me. I just thank the heavens for its presence!
Design: The cover design to Janet Jackson’s “Got Til It’s Gone” should go down in history as one of the best. It features a shot straight from the classic and beautiful Mark Romanek-directed video. I’ll admit that I’m bias just because it happens to be my favorite video of all time. It takes place during the time of apartheid in South Africa and features beautiful imagery of 60s and ’70s African and African American cultures, including the work of Malick Sidibé. My words simply cannot do this video justice. Check it out for yourself! – Valz