×
Rhapsody App for
Rhapsody International, Inc.
Control by Janet Jackson
Released: Mar 1986
Label: A&M
We often forget what a major shock Control was in 1986. Jackson was better known as a TV actress on Good Times and Fame, and her first two albums flopped. With help from producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, she remade herself with hard synth-funk like "The Pleasure Principle" and "Nasty." Much like her soon-to-be pop rival Madonna, Jackson had a thin voice, but she used it effectively, and when she growled sassily, "I want to be the one in control," it sounded dangerous. This wasn't a hip-hop record, yet it was the first big salvo from a new generation that would remake black music.
Mosi Reeves
Rhapsody app on your desktop or mobile device.

Listen to the songs you love. Anytime, anywhere.

14 day free trial, then just $9.99/month for Rhapsody Premier. View all plans