Janet Jackson’s “All For You”

Released: April 16, 2001

Genre: Pop • R&B

Label: Virgin

Producer: Janet Jackson • Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis • Rockwilder

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By the year 2000, Janet Jackson was one of the world’s biggest entertainers. After the success of her albums Control, Rhythm Nation 1814, janet & The Velvet Rope, Janet was an international superstar period. That same year, Janet separated from her husband at the time (René Elizondo, Jr) exposing the fact that they hid their marriage from the public for 9 years! It was extremely controversial at the time, but the fallout from the marriage was mostly the basis of her seventh studio album, All for You.

All For You is a concept album that focuses on the demise of Janet’s marriage, sensuality, deceit, betrayal, passion, romance and sexual intercourse. After the dark and foreboding tone that 1997’s The Velvet Rope had, All For You has a lighter mood with a mixture of upbeat dance-pop records, slow R&B balalads, and elements of rock, disco, funk, soft rock and oriental music.

All For You was released in the spring of 2001, & peaked at number one on the Billboard 200 & US TOP R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts respectively and… selling over 605,000 copies in its first week. The album became Janet’s fifth consecutive record to top the Billboard 200 album chart, and had the biggest opening week sales of her career. All For You is considered to be one of her sexiest and best albums of her career, and rightfully so. I can resonate with this album so much now that I am older. It’s a tale of the emotions you feel when you go through during a breakup, while being optimistic about the future.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Janet Jackson’s “All For You”

Intro


Written by Janet Jackson, James Harris III & Terry Lewis

[Spoken]

Why for what reason?
It actually looks pretty cool and it goes with the music
5,6,7, ga ga got uh got got uh got got uh, got got ga uh ga ga
Oh no that’s not it…
Hahaha Ok, Well that’s not so bad
No, no. But you just gotta get it in you now
I know right? I wish I had a lot of stuff in me now
Hahahaha
Are you guys recording our conversation? I get the feeling you are
Are you Jimmy?
What you talkin about?
Hahahahaha
Just waitin on you Jimmy
OK, here we go
You can come anytime, Jimmy. Hahahaha
Eww, you sound like Fran Drescher
Uh-hahahaha

You Ain’t Right


Written by Janet Jackson, James Harris III, Terry Lewis & Dana Stinson

Described as a vibrant track for the clubs, You Ain’t Right is about the bitter feelings you have when a friendship goes left. You really wanted to have long lasting friendships with certain people, and they really don’t be worth it.

All For You


Written by Janet Jackson, James Harris III, Terry Lewis, Wayne Garfield, David Romani & Mauro Malavasi

The lead single for the album, the title track is about Janet being out on the town, and a guy is taken aback by her celebrity status. In the song, she ensures the guy that she’s single and easy to talk to. Shoot your shot! The song is considered to be one of her biggest hits and signature song. In fact, she was named the “Queen of Radio” when the song made history after being added to every pop, rhythmic and urban radio stations. The song became her tenth and current number one single to date on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and stayed on the chart for seven consective weeks. The song also won the Grammy award for Best Dance Recording in 2002.

The song sampled The Glow of Love by Change featuring Luther Vandross.

2wayforyou (Interlude)


Written by Janet Jackson, James Harris III & Terry Lewis

[Spoken]
Terry, it’s saying ‘message’ but I won’t do it…
OK, wait I got another page, hold on, I just paged that one…
OK, hold on…
Hold on, guys, I’m sorry… I’m sorry…
You ready?
I’m so sorry…
…so I have something to write…
Yes, I know…
OK, here we go
And If I can ever…
Ready?
You ready?

Come On Get Up


Written by Janet Jackson, James Harris III, Terry Lewis & Dana Stinson

A pop and house influenced record, Come On Get Up was released as a promotional single and final release for the album. It’s a record about having fun, dancing, etc. The song was also the intro for her All For You tour and the choreography is amazing!!!

When We Oooo


Written by Janet Jackson, James Harris III & Terry Lewis

When We Oooo is one of Janet’s most amazing sensual records. It isn’t just about sex. It is about the wonderful connection you have with someone, and the bond, spirituality and the experiences they have with each other. Definitely a highlight of the album.

China Love


Written by Janet Jackson, James Harris III & Terry Lewis

China Love is one of my favorites from this album. A song about Janet’s identity in another life as a daughter of an emperor, who’s in love with a warrior and never had the opportunity to have the relationship they deserved to have because of being married into royalty. China Love contains oriental textures like chimes and tablas while Janet gives you harmonies. Whew, we love an artist!

Love Scene (Ooh Baby)


Written by Janet Jackson, James Harris III & Terry Lewis

Written by Janet Jackson, James Harris III & Terry Lewis

Love Scene (Ooh Baby) is a song okay!! The song has Janet giving us quality work, imagining the scene of being loved by her partner in many ways. 

Would You Mind


Written by Janet Jackson, James Harris III, Terry Lewis & Dana Stinson

Would You Mind is easily one of Janet’s most sexiest records. The song has Janet listing her numerous sexual desires, like sex, oral sex, and internal ejacualation. However, the song was deemed controversial for its steamy lyrics and the excessive moaning from Janet, and was banned by the government of Signapore, and was omitted from future pressings of the “clean version” of the album and only availiable to listen on versions with the parental advisory sticker on it. I searched high and low for an original copy of the album with this song on it. Would You Mind is Someday Is Tonight x10. the song was sampled by Bryson Tiller & Eric Bellinger.

Lame (Interlude)


Written by Janet Jackson, James Harris III & Terry Lewis

[Spoken]
You men
You might wanna get this on tape (haha)
You men are just lame at times
I’m telling you (sighs)
See…

Trust a Try


Written by Janet Jackson, James Harris III, Terry Lewis & Dana Stinson

Trust a Try is a song about a relationship that has no trust. For the most part, we have all been in relationships with people who have trust issues from previous relationships, and we cannot bring that into a new & healthy relationship.

Clouds (Interlude)


Written by Janet Jackson, James Harris III, Terry Lewis & Carly Simon

Janet: “You tell them Carly”
Carly: “See, Janet and me have clouds
Yes, we have our clouds”
Janet: “Go’n!”
Carly: “So many and so many great formations
Who’s this song about?”
Janet: “Don’t hurt ’em now”
Carly: “Hallucinations!”
Janet: (laughs)
Carly: “Clouds in my coffee
Clouds in my coffee”
Janet: “You tell ’em, Carly.”

Son of a Gun (I Betcha Think This Song Is About You) featuring Carly Simon


Written by Janet Jackson, James Harris III, Terry Lewis & Carly Simon

You’re so vain, you probably think this song is about you. Don’t you? Don’t you? Don’t you? Don’t you?

What started as a sample clearance, turned into a beautiful marriage and duet between Janet and the legendary Carly Simon based off of her 1972 hit You’re So Vain.

The song was said to be about Janet’s ex-husband Rene Elizondo Jr since the song was recorded during the process of their divorce, but Janet has stated that it is about various people that have entered in and out of her life. This record is definitely one of the highlights for All For You, because Carly not only sings the chorus with Janet, but she also recites a rap she wrote for the record. It’s just iconic. The remix of the song features Missy Elliott & P. Diddy.

Truth


Written by Janet Jackson, James Harris III, Terry Lewis, James Wright & Stan Vincent

Truth is definitely a ballad that speaks about her marriage with Rene. The lyrics hit so different because of the history that the two had and you can tell how hard it was for her to not make it through the hardships that their marriage faced. But hey, life goes on. The song contains an interoplation of the 70s classic O-o-h Child by The Five Stairsteps.

Theory (Interlude)


Written by Janet Jackson, James Harris III & Terry Lewis

[Spoken]
Oh, well, Jimmy was playing, so I bet he didn’t hear me
My little, my lil’ theory here
Okay, so we could either stop now
And start at 11 or 12, or… (*organ plays*)
I love you for that, Jimmy…
Or we can continue now
That was a pretty awesome idea, huh?

Someone to Call My Lover


Someone to Call My Lover is another gem from All For You! The song has Janet determined to find the “one.” It was released as the second single, and is her last top ten hit to date. The song samples America’s 1972 hit “Ventura Highway,” which is a song that Janet has loved since she was a kid.

Feels So Right


Written by Janet Jackson, James Harris III, Terry Lewis & Dana Stinson

Feel So Right is up next, and it has Janet feeling good in the relationship and she has to believe that this love will stand the test of time.

Doesn’t Really Matter


Written by Janet Jackson, James Harris III & Terry Lewis

WE LOVE A BOP! Originally released on the soundtrack to the Nutty Profressor II: The Klumps that Janet starred in, the lyrics for Doesn’t Really Matter pertain to Janet’s character in the film not caring what others think about being in love with Professor Klump. The single became a ninth chart topper for Janet on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and was certified Gold by the RIAA.

Better Days


Written by Janet Jackson, James Harris III & Terry Lewis

The album closes with the hopeful and optimistic Better Days. Janet learns to move on, move forward and let go of any resentment and bittnerness, and honestly thats all you can really do.

Outro


Written by Janet Jackson, James Harris III & Terry Lewis

[Spoken]
Bo, what do you think? OK, if you like then I’m hoping everyone else will

Janet Jackson’s All For You solidified her stature as one of the most amazing entertainers of all time. The album was nominated for Grammys, and deserved each one. All For You will always be remembered for continuing the push for contemporary urban soul. and its influence on pop music for years to come. -MJ

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