The Velvet Rope by Janet Jackson

As a pop culture icon, Janet Jackson has excelled as a recording artist, actor, video star, and performer. While early albums Control and Rhythm Nation 1814 have deservedly received great acclaim, one of Jackson’s most essential and personal albums, The Velvet Rope, has garnered more and more respect as it has aged. On this episode of Critically Acclaimed, host Jake Ramirez and Washington Post Express editor Stephanie Williams talk about the prescient sonics of The Velvet Rope, why the album is such a bold departure from Jackson’s prior success, and the esteem she should be regarded with for her career as one of America’s preeminent multidisciplinary artists.

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