Make Me

Album: Number 1s (2009)
Charted: 73

Songfacts®:

  • This uptempo dance jam is the first release from Janet Jackson's eleventh studio album. The song is built on a sample of "I Work for a Livin'," a 1982 track by Fonzi Thornton written by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers of the group Chic.

    "Make Me" was written by Jackson, her producer Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, and his associates Thomas Lumpkins and Michaela Shiloh.
  • This song is often called a tribute to Michael Jackson's 1979 solo single "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough," but his sister Janet told Ryan Seacrest that was not her intention: "It's so funny how things are born because I say 'don't stop,' but I say 'don't stop 'til you get it up.' But everybody thinks I'm saying 'get enough,' but it's a different melody.

    But everyone, I guess because it's the same lyric to a certain degree, they think it's that, but no."
  • Rodney Jerkins also produced several tracks on Janet's 2008 album Discipline. He explained to MTV News: "It's about dancing. It's all about her. It's about [saying], 'Listen, if you really want to get with me, you gotta make me feel a certain way.'"
  • Jackson explained to The Sunday Times November 29, 2009 why she recorded a song about partying: "I think people want escapism right now, because there's so much going on," she said. "There's so much heartache, there's so much pain, there's so much death. It's a sad world right now."

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