Dev Hynes on Janet Jackson’s janet. album
“I first heard that record from MTV. I remember being struck by the videos, especially around that time as MTV and video were kinda like in full force so the songs and the videos to me at that point are one and the same. My sister had the album the week of release and I guess I was like eight years old. I looked up to my sister so everything that she would listen to religiously, I would also listen to religiously. We’d sit and listen and dance and pretend to make up dance routines and things like that — the routines were definitely Jackson influenced! But that album reminds me of so much; there’s so many things around that time and it was like a soundtrack. I really associated it with the 1994 World Cup in the USA and my mum letting me stay up to watch some of the games. It was definitely the first Janet album that I can recall hearing and begin aware that it was happening at the time. Then it was later on that I got into the earlier records. It’s funny ’cause it’s almost my love for the album is almost detached from my Janet Jackson love in a weird way just because of how young I was when I first heard that music.”
(Check more janet. reminisces from Dev, Alice Russell, How To Dress Well, Scoop DeVille, Bilal, Raheem DeVaughn, plus Jesse Boykins III over at MTV Hive.)
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Following yesterday’s revelation that Azealia Banks is really good at ordering food, here’s the A$AP Mob’s in-house cheese expert.
She’s a real connoisseur and really knows what she’s on about. She’s good at ordering food and has really good taste.
Learn To Speak French With Roc Marciano
Do you speak any French?
Roc Marciano: ”[Laughs.] No. A little bit I learned in school but I wasn’t paying attention. My name is Rakeem and there wasn’t no French name for Rakeem so I remember saying “Je m’appelle Robert.” She gave me Robert instead of Rakeem! Vous applez vous, whatever that means, I remember saying that! I remember about two sentences!”
More on Marci Beaucoup over at MTV Hive.