Ought to Have Been Greater: Janet Jackson’s “Rock With U”

Janet Jackson releases a Latin remix for Daddy Yankee-assisted bop, ‘Made For Now.’

On this franchise, we glance again on singles that deserved slightly extra love and a focus.

Janet Jackson’s whole Self-discipline period ought to have been larger. After focussing on her trademark sexually-charged R&B on Damita Jo and 20 Y.O., the enduring diva switched it up on her 10th album by mixing in slightly pop and dance music. Whereas the enormously-catchy “Suggestions” turned a well-deserved high 20 hit, the followup was even higher. “Rock With U,” co-written by Ne-Yo and produced by long-time collaborator Jermaine Dupri, discovered Janet dabbling in crisp, disco-tinged electronica.

“Strobe lights make every part sexier,” the 53-year-old coos over laser-like synths. “Shadows dancing on the wall, I wanna rock with you.” That leads us to a closely auto-tuned refrain that wouldn’t sound misplaced on a Daft Punk file. “Rock With U” was an on the spot fan favourite and promptly launched as Disciple’s second single full with a classy, brilliantly-executed one-take video that discovered Janet serving attractive choreography in a darkish room stuffed with dancers. Even a doubtful, asymmetrical wig couldn’t wreck the stylish aesthetic.

Sadly, “Rock With U” arrived slightly too early to learn for the good electro-pop explosion of 2008. (Woman Gaga would unleash “Simply Dance” two months later, Kesha was nonetheless posting demos on Myspace and Britney Spears was placing the ending touches on Circus). As such, the bop struggled at radio and finally stalled at an insulting quantity 21 on the Effervescent Underneath chart. Be that as it could, “Rock With U” stays Janet’s final actually nice single and deserves to be revered as such. Revisit the cruelly slept-on gem beneath.

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