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25 Reasons Why Janet Jackson Is The Original Beyoncé

JJ owned this place before Bey was even grown.

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But before Bey was grown, there was Janet, Miss Jackson if you're nasty.

Janet released her breakthrough album Control in 1986 when I was just a year old. It hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts and sold more than 14 million copies, because it was seriously out of control awesome. (See what I did there?)


7. Janet was also a total badass and fought against racial inequality.

Her song "Rhythm Nation" was the title track off of her album Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814, of which social justice and protest played a large role.


13. Oh, and she wasn't afraid to ask for what she wanted, either.

"That's the Way Love Goes" was off of her album janet., and she wrote every single lyric of that album. (Girl is dirty as fuck, and it's wonderful.)


19. She set standards for who got that sex though, and told other women to do the same.


In "You Want This," also off of janet., she sung about women having all the power to decide who gets what, and how to use that power.

20. Janet also has equally talented siblings, like Michael Jackson, who she co-wrote Scream with.

The song debuted in 1995, and it was one of the most expensive music videos ever made. (Sorry Bey and Solange, but JJ and Michael have you beat.)

22. She continued her social justice badassery by singing about the AIDS epidemic.

Her song "Together Again" was about a friend who she lost to AIDS, and another track, "Free Xone" tackled the issue of homophobia.


24. Oh, and just in case you were worried: She amped up her sexuality and sung about sadomasochism on the album, among other things.