Janet Jackson had the wheels of momentum in motion for new album ‘Black Diamond’ early this year.
And then the global health crisis put a pause on the industry at large.
With anticipation still sky high for the diva’s first album in five years, one of the set’s producers Tommy Parker has opened up about creating the follow-up to ‘Unbreakable.’
Peep excerpts from his interview with Revolt below…
Janet announced in February that Black Diamond was coming. How far along were you with the album by that point?
We were digging in deep. We had some great stuff. Respectfully, everything about her album comes from her mouth, but what I can say is that she’s speaking very honest on it. She’s speaking very honest about things on this Black Diamond album. It’s incredible and she sounds amazing. I’m very blessed to say I’m vocal coaching her on this album this go around. We’re having fun. We’re like kids when we get together. I feel like a kid when I’m around her. When we come together we have a good time. We started and then stopped. So, we have a lot more to say now than we did in February.
How did the pandemic affect your work?
It definitely affected me working with Janet because we were working in New York and then that stopped. We couldn’t go back to New York. So, it affected working on that project. For several months, I stayed home depressed like everyone else. I had no motivation to do anything at all. It affected me bad.
It’s been more than five years since Unbreakable. What has contributed to the delay of new music?
Life. She lives, she has a son and her son is priority. So, it’s finding the balance in that. I have a child, too. It’s incredible to see her do it and be as big as she is.
What is Janet Jackson’s creative process?
Janet loves to have fun. That’s what I love about Janet because it’s a lot like myself. We’ll catch up, talk about what’s going on, watch some funny videos, and then start working on some music. If there’s a beat we like, we’ll go for it. Or, Janet may feel a way and aware of something, and she may go in and write about that. For her to be such a legend, she knows how to take off her hat and come down to earth on your level. That way we can vibe and come up with something that’s representing both of us with no egos. That’s what I love about writing with her. It’s really easy and dope. It’s really up to her how much she wants to let everyone in to how she’s feeling. If it’s something that’s really bothering her and she wants to speak about it, she’ll put it in a song. But, sometimes, she won’t necessarily write about it personally. She’ll touch on it, so we can give everyone acknowledgement that we are aware of this and we want people to be aware of it, as well.
We remain all sorts of excited for the incoming new-new from Ms. Jackson.
Until then, we’ll keep spinning bops such as this gem Parker co-produced for her last LP: