The ageless Janet Jackson actually does have a number. She’s 49 — 50 for those who round up — and her age sneaks into most of the discussions around of her “Dammn Baby” drop, to judge by the comments. A hook-happy surefire hit, “Dammn Baby” peels off the new Unbreakable album and finds Jackson on her game. And for every one of those who say Jackson’s game hasn’t changed enough, there are ten who praise the preservation of peak Janet.
The video looks familiar — it’s a little softer than Ms. Jackson was in her martial phase, but the Jackson delivery is just as polished and composed visually and sonically as ever. Fans love it — one says “She is the blueprint for every female who is relevant today and is still doing it like this at 49!! Classy and beautiful!!”. Others wonder why Janet isn’t as “hyped as that narcissistic Beyonce.” A typical response is “She’s already a legend. Beyonce’s still trying to reach that point.” But here’s a more detailed one: “Do you even know who Janet is? over 160 million records sold? 12 American Music Awards, 5 Grammy Awards, 9 MTV Video Music Awards, and 33 Billboard Music Awards? She has plenty of hype. There’s no reason to put down or even mention Beyoncé who is thriving in her own lane.”