March 31, 2011

Throwback Joint: Got 'til It's Gone by Janet Jackson feat. Q-Tip & Joni Mitchell

Not only is this a great song but the video is absolutely beautiful as well; it’s easily one of my favorite music videos of all time. Everything from the color scheme to the clothing to the cinematography is pure brilliance. The deeper meaning behind this video is brilliant as well. According to Wikipedia, the setting of the video is during the apartheid in South Africa. Although this period in South Africa’s history was a time of great racial tension, segregation, and violence, the people in this video look so happy and free. I find this contrast to be deeply inspiring; it shows that even when times get really hard, you are still able to create your own happiness! Enjoy the video :)

25 comments:

  1. yo! this was my join back in the days!!!

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  2. Anonymous3/31/2011

    My jam!!! I've got so much love for JJ because of this song. And I agree, this video is brilliant.

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  3. This song is such a classic.

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  4. Its Janet! There´s nothing else to say! The video is just incredible

    xx
    Andy
    The Black Label

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  5. You have no idea how i love the color setting (or whatever lol) of this video. I love the song too- it's one of her best i think

    Adiya

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  6. This was a sick joint! : )

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  7. Love this song and the styling of the video.

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  8. Good one! love this song.

    Confession of a Purse-a-holic
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  9. Can't believe I never heard this song before..I love it though! And the video is amazing I love the concept

    I fall more in love with this blog every time I visit :] Keep it up!!!!

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  10. This has to be my FAVORITE song from Janet. I absolutely love everything about the song and this video. Two thumbs up! :)

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  11. Thank you all for commenting!! You all are right, this is such a classic song. My faaaaavotite from Janet! (besides "anytime,anyplace") :P

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  12. Amazing video! Hope you have a lovely wknd xx

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  13. Such a great song!! Love Janet Jackson!!!
    Happy Friday!

    xoxo,
    melrod

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  14. Anonymous4/01/2011

    When Janet Jackson went into the studio to record this song, she was in the throes of a deep depression. Jimmy Jam (the producer) stopped the playback (because Janet wasn't singing) and asked "Janet do you want to put a vocal in here?" To which she replied to just let the music play. Again later, he stopped the music and asked if she wanted to put a vocal in, and she replied "Naw...just let it play." The reason the song is so sparse is because Janet wanted the groove to speak for itself. The Velvet Rope (that this track is off of) continues to be my favorite Janet album, full of complex themes and personal lyrics recorded during a time when Janet was questioning whether she deserved the fame she earned. She is truly a brilliant artist!

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  15. mmm hmm! definitely a good song!!

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  16. @Anon

    Wow, I had never heard that before! Very nice insight, thank you so much for sharing that...it really does explain the overall tone of the song and the album. Janet truly is brilliant :)

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  17. ahhh yes i love it~! I miss this Janet Jackson. This also makes me really want Lauren Hill to come back... Music industry could really use them right about now

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  18. ohh, i love it too! that song is so classic, and i agree about the cinematography - and all the details, really - being perfect. haha i must say, though, the animal around the bottles at the beginning kinda freaked me out

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  19. This is such a great song. And the video is absolutely adorable. I remember always watching it whenever it came on MTV (when they used to show videos) and VH1.

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  20. LOVE LOVE the VELVET ROPE album The most personal and accomplished with CONTROL for me. It bring back memories.

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  21. wow......awesome article.love this video.thank you for this article.

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