97 Words: “I Get Lonely (TNT Remix)” by Janet Jackson & BLACKstreet

Vincent Anthony
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This song is part of our “THE SUMMER 97 (1998 x 2023)” playlist. Check out the full list.

When Ms. Jackson calls, you answer. In the case of the “I Get Lonely (TNT Remix)” from her 1997’s “The Velvet Rope,” Janet Jackson tapped a handful of talented collaborators to add to an already phenomenal track that, frankly, didn’t even need it. With additional production by Teddy Riley and Timbaland, Jackson is joined by BLACKstreet to turn “Lonely” into a duet (well, quintet). In its solo form, the track is classic Janet: emotive, deep, sexy, and timeless. With BLACKstreet, it transforms into a prime piece of 90s R&B with its big vocal runs and flashy production.

Watch the “I Get Lonely (TNT Remix)” video, stream it, or grab “The Velvet Rope” on vinyl.

In celebration of summer, the staff at THE 97 has compiled a playlist containing some of our favorite summer songs, from then and now. Each day we will reveal one song, rotating daily between past and present with pairings from 1998 and 2023, for a total of 97 days/songs. Since we love nostalgia, we’re celebrating summer songs from 1998 as they turn 25, alongside new songs that we feel deserve some shine. Pairings could be thematic, sonic, or based connections between the artists.

Check out our full “THE SUMMER 97 (1998 x 2023)” playlist here

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Vincent is the founder of the magazine and has had a strong passion for popular music since, well, 1997! If it's not obvious, his favorite artists include Destiny's Child, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, P!nk, and many more. Vincent lives in New York, where he is a high school English teacher, and currently he is pursuing a Master's in Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.