"Young artists are exhibiting more courage than ever."
Janet Jackson is one of the most humble, successful artists in the game. Her legacy as one of pop and R&B's golden voices will live on well after her time and even to this day, after years of success, she's not slowing down. The 52-year-old mother of one is taking on a world tour and according to her recent Billboard feature, she's recording new music for an unannounced project.
With all combined, Janet is well aware of the current state of music and she credits some acts for their musical contributions. "Young artists are exhibiting more courage than ever," she tells the publication. "Music is more alive than ever. And more relevant. We women artists—and women in general—are saying we will not be controlled, manipulated or abused. We’re determined not to fall back to those days of emotional and even physical enslavement. It’s a blessing to be alive today and join in the fight for equality among all human beings."
As for those "young artists" she speaking of, they're only some of the hottest names in the game right now. "Daniel Caesar is proving that romantic R&B is alive and well. Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole are proving that brilliantly original storytelling is one of hip-hop’s great gifts to world culture. SZA is proving that young women still possess extraordinary vocal skills and style," she says.
She adds: "I also have a special place in my heart for Bruno Mars. Bruno was really the first music my son responded to. During and after his birth, I comforted myself with Brazilian jazz, music that always relaxes me. Then when the baby began crawling, Bruno was breaking out big and on the radio all the time. That delighted both of us. Bruno is a throwback to the days when the greatest artists could do it all: write, sing, dance, produce."