Last week, rumors hit the web regarding a potential July 10 release date for a new album from long-missing diva Janet Jackson. The rumors materialized from a number of promotional materials at music retailer F.Y.E. – indicating the release date of a new set from Janet. However, days went by and Janet’s camp remained mum on the topic.
On the morning of May 10, longtime collaborator Jimmy Jam posted a tweet saying “Truth… ‘Just can’t feel casual bout casualties’ #ConversationsInACafe” with a photo attached, displaying the quote – handwritten by Janet. While Jimmy never confirmed it being written by Janet, fans have little doubt it is Jackson’s.
Later in the day, Jimmy tweeted again: “Mother: ‘To bring up with care’ ‘To look after kindly and protectively’. That’s all of us! #ConversationsInACafe” – this time, a photo of an impoverished child. This tweet, however, Janet retweeted, saying: “The depth of this” and pinned said tweet to the top of her page.
Kathy Ireland also tweeted about Sex Trafficking, which Janet retweeted as well. Then, she retweeted a message from a fan, saying “shouldn’t we follow everyone Janet follows so we don’t miss the conversation #ConversationsInACafe” – implying there is more on this “conversation” to come.
This very well could have been a promotional push for a charity, however, combined with the rumors of an upcoming album and Janet’s penchant for socially conscious music – fans couldn’t help but wonder… is Janet about to drop a modern-day Rhythm Nation on us, 26 years later? With the “state of the world” today, we certainly could use more of that. Unfortunately, some of the issues that plagued the world in 1989 – the year that Janet dropped RN – are still issues today. So, who better to shed light on the darkness than Ms. Jackson?
Not to mention, it’s been over 7 years since Janet released her last studio album, Discipline, and even longer since she released a successful album that was beloved by fans and critics alike (arguably, 2001’s All For You); so, if Janet is to come back it needs to be worth it. It needs to be powerful. It needs to be unquestionably great. It needs to be Janet Jackson at her best. Such a project would likely be just that (and, if we may suggest, collaborate with Kendrick Lamar and J.Cole, Jan).
Janet is indeed at her best when she has something important to say – whether it be about social issues (Rhythm Nation), sexual awakening (janet.) or introspective musings (The Velvet Rope) – her best work has been the result of just that.
At the stroke of midnight on May 16, her birthday, Janet dropped a bomb on the world.
Ms. Rhythm Nation herself indeed plans to return to the music scene THIS YEAR, with a new album and a tour. It’s clear that #ConversationsInACafe is a theme for this exciting new era, and we can’t wait to see exactly what that means. But, we’re pretty certain it’s going to be socially conscious and impactful.
Below, take a listen to a playlist containing some of Janet’s most thought-provoking and powerful work… in anticipation for what we hope is to come!