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  • "Got 'til It's Gone" is a song by Janet Jackson, featuring rapper Q-Tip and folk singer Joni Mitchell. It was released as the lead single from Jackson's sixth studio album, The Velvet Rope on September 22, 1997. Written by Jackson, Jam and Lewis, with additional writing by René Elizondo, Jr., Mitchell, and Kamaal Ibn Fareed, "Got 'til It's Gone" was considered a massive departure from the mainstream pop appeal of Jackson's previous singles and music videos, striving for a less polished and more authentic alternative hip-hop and trip-hop-influenced sound. Its lyrics talk about a great lesson Jackson learned — appreciate what you have while you have it. In addition to being a massive shift for Jackson musically, the song's guest contributions were also considered to be a large risk by critics and industry executives. "Got 'til It's Gone" was met with mostly positive reviews from music critics, with most of them praising its fusion of Jackson's pop style with "harder-edged hip-hop", and for its sonic experimentation and revealing theme. Adversely, the song was also labeled "disappointing" with an "incongruous" appearance from Mitchell.

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