From The Vault: Janet Jackson – ‘Rock With U’

Published: Sunday 16th May 2021 by Joe

Join us today as we continue to celebrate the birthday of music royal Janet Jackson.

This week’s From The Vault pick comes in the form of her 2008 single, ‘Rock With U’.

The second single from the superstar’s tenth studio album ‘Discipline,’ ‘Rock’ was produced by then-fiancé Jermaine Dupri and written by R&B maestro Ne-Yo.

Issued as the follow-up to the ever-blazing ‘Feedback,’ the Euro-disco number gratingly wasn’t afforded the chance to match the success of its predecessor. Still, it was very well received by the critics and to this day remains a favorite amongst Janet fans.

Fresh from directing ‘Feedback,’ Saam Farahmand took the helm of the song’s visual – which showcased the entertainer and her dancers delivering killer choreography courtesy of Gil Duldulao. Its moody mise en scène skewed both futuristic and retro.

Filmed as a long take with no cuts, it manages to capture the full essence of an all-night party in just under four minutes. Janet is undeniably the Queen of the ball, as she leads the colorful cast with class and gusto.

At 55 years young, Jackson is about to enter a very important chapter of her career. Indeed, with a no-stone-left-unturned documentary as well as a new album and possible tour, it seems she is planning on “rocking with us” some more and in a major way.

For the music, the moves, the style, and the spectacle, the everything — Miss Jackson, we salute you!

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  1. Whyyt n blcc May 16, 2021

    Now all of a sudden y’all wanna celebrate somebody birthday

  2. 🍭marilyn monh-O-E🍭(💫Perfectly Splendid✨) May 16, 2021

    I ❤️ this gem. Should’ve been a huge success follow-up feedback. Def jam did her wrong in many ways! Discipline has tons of potential singles💅🏿💅🏿 This song reminds me of Cher’s All or nothing and Kylie’s light year 🤳🏿🤳🏿

    • Shayla Queen 👑 May 16, 2021

      Yaaaaaas! I loved So Much Betta 🔥

  3. Britney Spears May 16, 2021

    Def jam basically left hwr out to dry with the Discipline album & tour. That whole album was great

  4. Nomeena May 16, 2021

    One of my favourite JJ videos, and certainly my fave song off the Feedback album! Criminally underrated.

  5. KB May 16, 2021

    This song, it’s video, the choreography are all iconic. This single should’ve been a hit! Rock with U crawled so Sweet Dreams and Lady Gaga could walk and It’s all over my playlist to this day. ❤️ let me go jam real quick.

  6. MG May 16, 2021

    This video is iconic! Too bad lack of promotion, black-listed, and no promo didn’t give the huge hit this single should’ve been. This video and song is absolutely epic. Happy Birthday Queen Janet!

  7. Keith May 16, 2021

    Happy Born day, Ms. Jackson!!!

  8. Zion May 17, 2021

    LUV should’ve been a single over this song

  9. Sam May 17, 2021

    so many great singles, luv shouldve had a video too, the choreo to that was dope! SO much betta couldve been huge for choreo…a shame they did her dirty like that. Lots of songs that had potential to be singles if given the push they needed.

  10. Paolo May 18, 2021

    …and still, we don’t have the Discipline album digitally anywhere in Europe. I’d like to start a #JusticeForDiscipline trend. Anyone?

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