For someone who has not made music in a few years, Janet Jackson recieves huge attention in today’s music community through other artists’ countless reinterpretations of her work. Whether through a collective love of her songs by an unusual amount of contemporary artists, or mere coincidence, chances are you have heard her songs without even realizing it was a Janet production.
To kick off Bootie Samples, our new sampler platter of snippets and bootlegs arranged by original artist, we thought we’d take a moment to highlight some of the best new applications of Janet’s work from the last three years to give you an idea of just how far-reaching her legacy continues to extend. From small clips to using entire vocal phrases on top of modernized beats, all of these tracks pay homage to this pop music hero.
1. Janet Jackson – ‘Go Deep’
After delving into the sampling history of Janet Jackson we quickly realized that her track Go Deep could probably have an entire article to itself. Many a track has used the iconic phrase “we go deep” before metaphorically delving “deeper” into the tune.
2014 | Trap | Wale (prod. by No Credit) – 4 Girls On Drugs (Original Mix)
This trap inspired re-imagination pitches the Go Deep lyrics up to sound like a chorus of little kids and it plays on loop behind Wale’s rap phrases. The track originally premiered on Wale and A-Trak’s Festivus mixtape which you can listen to it in its entirety here.
2013 | House | Tchami x Janet Jackson – Go Deep (Remix)
Tchami’s remix uses the original tone of the vocals in tandem with a robotic version of the Go Deep lyrics, but uses a completely new house backbeat. You can listen to more of Tchami’s tunes on his SoundCloud here.
2013 | G House | Amine Edge & DANCE – Halfway Crooks (Original Mix) [CUFF]
Amine Edge & DANCE take a different and more subtle approach to instead sample the opening effects of Janet’s original but at a speedier pace. While the Mobb Deep sample definitely takes center stage, JJ is still there. Purchase the track off Beatport here.
2012 | House | Wax Motif & Neoterix – Go Deep (Original Mix) [Dim Mak]
Wax Motif rhymes with “go deep,” so it seems oddly fitting that they and Neoterix decided to use the hook phrase in their version as well. Buy your copy here.
2. Janet Jackson – ‘Someone To Call My Lover’
Strangely enough Someone To Call My Lover also originates with an intro guitar sample taken from an older rock ballad by America called, Ventura Boulevard. Both Giraffage and Ta-Ku run with the romantic R&B vocals of Janet’s original, but make each version undeniably their own.
2014 | Future Bass | Janet Jackson – Someone To Call My Lover (Giraffage Remix)
Giraffage opts not to use the opening guitar chords in favor of decidedly trap effects. Rather than sample parts of Janet’s vocals, he uses a large majority of her original phrases. Head to Giraffage’s website to claim your free copy here.
2013 | Indie/Beats | Ta-ku – I Miss You More (Original Mix) [HW&W]
Ta-Ku’s homage to Janet only uses fragments from her original while mixing the track with multiple samples lifted from other artist’s tracks. You can hear Janet’s sample at about the halfway mark in this track. You can purchase this track off Ta-Ku’s Songs To Break Up To EP here.
3. Janet Jackson – ‘If’
2012 | Nu Disco | Moon Boots – Sugar (Original Mix) [French Express]
Moon Boots completely reinvents the instrumentals in his version to favor airy synths and chiming effects over the ’90s pop flare of the original. He leaves the lyrical phrases almost completely intact but rearranges the order and ups the speed slightly. Download your copy for free here.
2012 | R&B / House | Janet Jackson – If (Kaytranada Remix)
Kaytranada adds in a slinky beat to his remix but also stays true to Janet’s lyrics and even starts his at the same place as Moon Boots’ version. He volleys her vocals between each of the beats to give the track a vibrant, bouncing effect. Head to Kaytranada’s SoundCloud to download your free copy here.
4. Janet Jackson – ‘Love Will Never Do (Without You)’
2014 | Trap | RL Grime – Always (Original Mix) [WEDIDIT]
RL Grime pitches up Janet’s vocals and breaks them into fragments, favoring the repeated word “always” to punctuate a minimal trap backbeat. The slow progressing nature of his version is directly opposite to the energetic and upbeat drum lines of the original. You can claim a copy for yourself off Beatport here.